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Long-time sex crime fugitive pleads guilty

Stephen Bratrud Stephen Bratrud

Arrested 32 years after being charged.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 3:38 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 5:09 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It took 32 years to catch him but two months to get a guilty plea out of him.

Stephen Gerhart Bratrud, 65 of Rochester, was charged in May 1986 with 1st and 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct. The Rochester Police Department at the time said a then-15-year-old female reported being sexually abused by Bratrud. The girl told authorities the abuse began when she was about five years old and continued through February 1986.

A warrant was issued for Bratrud but he was not arrested until April 2018.  He was apparently living outside the U.S. and was arrested in Texas when he returned to the country for health reasons.

On Thursday, Bratrud entered a guilty plea to 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct. His sentencing is scheduled for August 20.

Bratrud remains in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on $800,000 bond.

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