Steen, Minnesota Man Found Guilty In Lyon County Sex Abuse Case

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Steen, Minnesota man has been found guilty in a sex abuse case in Lyon County.

According to criminal complaints filed with the Lyon County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 22-year-old Ender Murray of Steen was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 13-year-old victim and a 14-year-old victim. The complaints do not say if the victim was the same person both times. He was also accused of damaging a headstone at the Lester Cemetery.

According to the Lyon County Attorney’s Office, it was a bench trial, involving no jury, with the verdict rendered by the judge.

Murray was charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony; one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony; two counts of lascivious acts with a child, a class C felony; and one count of second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony.

It is not noted if there is a plea agreement in the case, but in Iowa, class B felonies carry a penalty of 25 years in prison. Class C felonies, ten years, and class D felonies, five years.

Murray faces sentencing on June 6th, 2024.



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