Former Clearwater County deputy sentenced to two years in prison for sex crime

Photo courtesy of the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office

A former Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Monday in Becker County to two years in prison  for a sex crime.

According to the criminal complaint, 33-year-old Neil Dolan of Shevlin served as a program coordinator in the summers of 2015, 2016 and 2018 at the Many Point Scout Camp in Becker County.

At least once during each year, Dolan sexually touched a teenage boy, 17 in 2015, while Dolan was 27. The victim says Dolan was at times very aggressive, and attempted to rape the boy at least once.

Dolan was initially charged last year, and entered a guilty plea last month.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the case due to Dolan’s former employment as a peace officer.

Dolan will have to register as a predatory offender upon his release from prison.

Dolan was charged in November 2019 in Clearwater County on separate but similar sex crimes, where he stands accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old 9th grade girl in his office at Bagley High School, where he served as a School Resource Officer.

A jury trial for this case was cancelled, and a plea hearing is scheduled next month.

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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