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Anoka attorney charged with criminal sexual conduct

John Huberty Photo: Anoka County Jail
John Huberty

May 10, 2019 06:53 PM

A criminal defense attorney in Anoka is charged with engaging in a sexual act with a minor after the boy's mother conducted her own sting operation, according to court documents filed Friday.

John Huberty, 48, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a criminal complaint. He declined to comment when reached by phone at his law office Friday afternoon.

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Police arrested him on April 29 in Anoka after a woman called and said Huberty had come to her home to have sex with her 15-year-old son, according to the criminal complaint. The woman told police she used her son's phone to set up the meeting because she suspected they were having sex. Once Huberty arrived, he was confronted by the boy's mother and uncle who had blocked his exit by parking behind his car in the driveway.

The woman told police she believed Huberty had previously come to their home roughly a week earlier while she was out running errands, and that her son later admitted he had performed oral sex on Huberty in his bedroom. The complaint says the woman also found sexually explicit messages and images from Huberty on her son's phone. 

Huberty told police he met the teenager through the social networking app Grindr. The teenager initially claimed to be 20-years-old but later told Huberty he was only 17 after their initial sexual encounter, according to the complaint.

When Huberty was later confronted by the boy's mother, he allegedly said her son could consent to sex because he was over the age of 16.

"Huberty was then told that the boy was 15," according to the court records. "Huberty apologized and it appeared as if he were deleting stuff from (his)  phone, so the boy's uncle took Huberty's phone from him."

An attorney for Huberty told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "This is an unfortunate situation for all involved."

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