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Man Pleads Guilty To Criminal Sexual Conduct in Revenge Case

September 8, 1987

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) _ A man charged with kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl out of revenge toward one of her relatives pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge as his trial was to begin, the prosecutor said.

Winona County District Judge Lawrence Collins accepted Albert Bolstad’s guilty plea to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and set sentencing for Oct. 5, said a special assistant attorney general, William Klumpp.

Bolstad, of Winona, allegedly was seeking revenge against Winona County Attorney Julius Gernes, a relative of the girl.

Bolstand faces a 49-month prison sentence, Klumpp said.

The judge earlier had granted a defense motion to move the trial from Winona because of publicity about the case.

Bolstad, 37, had been charged with one count of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of driving after revocation.

The judge last week granted a prosecution motion suppressing evidence of previous sexual conduct by the victim. The girl allegedly was the victim of a previous assault.

According to the complaint, Bolstad picked up the girl in La Crosse, Wis., and took her to a field where he repeatedly raped her over two days. She said she escaped when Bolstad fell asleep.

She told authorities Bolstad said he raped her out of revenge toward Gernes. She is related to Gernes but not a member of his immediate family.

Gernes has twice helped prosecute Bolstad and his brother, Edward, for previous crimes. In 1977, Bolstad pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in a case involving a minor and was sentenced to prison, Klumpp said.

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