A Minnesota Department of Corrections sergeant is accused of giving a McDonald’s meal to a female inmate he was transferring to jail in exchange for oral sex.
The alleged incident happened when Randy Allen Beehler, 53 was transporting a female inmate from the Olmsted County Jail to the Hennepin County Jail on Sept. 30, according to a Thursday news release from the Dakota County Attorney's Office.
Beehler, of Foley, allegedly told the victim he was going to make a pit stop for food and the victim told him she would “do anything" for some, according to the attorney’s office.
“Beehler asked if that included coming up to the front seat and ‘fooling around,’” according to the press release. He then allegedly warned her not to tell anyone or she could get into a lot of trouble.
The sergeant then drove to a McDonald's drive-thru and ordered meals for both him and the inmate before allegedly parking by an abandoned business where he “un-cuffed the victim and brought her up to the front seat.”
Then, he allegedly got back on the road with her next to him, uncuffed.
“While traveling through Dakota County, Beehler opened his pants exposing his penis and the Victim manually stimulated him and performed oral sex on him,” prosecutors said.
While he initially denied it, Beehler allegedly admitted to the sexual acts eventually.
The victim told the staff at the Hennepin County Jail that she had been sexually assaulted by Beehler the same day of the incident, which prompted the investigation.
“It is a felony under Minnesota law for a correctional officer to engage in sexual acts with a person who is a resident of a jail, prison, detention center or work release facility or under supervision of the correctional system,” Kathy Keena, chief deputy attorney for Dakota County, said in the release. “Consent by the individual is not a defense. Criminal activity of this nature is a significant breach of trust.”
The sergeant has been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Beehler’s bail was set to $50,000 without conditions or $20,000 with conditions on Thursday. He is due back in court on Dec. 11. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Beehler joined the department in 1994 as a corrections officer and was promoted to sergeant in 2008. He is still on the Department of Corrections’ payroll but a complaint against him is under investigation, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
"The conduct described in the criminal complaint is disturbing, and does not reflect the professionalism of the more than 4,000 agency personnel who serve with integrity and honor. Our immediate concern is for the victim of this crime,” the Minnesota Department of Corrections commissioner Paul Schnell said in a statement, obtained by KARE11 in Minneapolis.
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