Man Accused of Molesting Woman in Minneapolis Bar Sentenced

January 09, 2018 04:40 PM

The video above aired when Benjamin Edward Sloan was charged.


A Prior Lake man convicted of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct - nonconsensual sexual contact - after a woman told authorities he sat down next to her in a booth at a Minneapolis bar and molested her has been sentenced to 120 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse, to be served as work release if eligible.

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Benjamin Edward Sloan, 22, also received two years of supervised probation. An additional one-year term in the workhouse was stayed provided he meets the terms of his probation which include no use of alcohol or other controlled substances, attending sex offender treatment and having no contact with the victim.

According to a criminal complaint, authorities responded to a report of sexual assault at a bar on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis on Sept. 11, 2016.

RELATED: Woman Allegedly Molested at Minneapolis Bar, Prior Lake Man Charged

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a woman who said she was out with friends when two strangers sat down at their booth. The woman said one of the two who sat down, later identified as Sloan, told her his first name, the school he attended and that he was from Prior Lake.

The woman told authorities Sloan continued to talk to her and tried putting his arm around her, at one point, grabbing the woman's breast even though she told him to stop.

The woman told authorities Sloan forced his hand down her pants and digitally penetrated her, according to the complaint. She told authorities that while Sloan had his hand in her pants, he was holding her with his other arm so she could not move. The woman said she kept telling Sloan, "no," as he tried to kiss and bite her.

RELATED: Man Accused of Molesting Woman in Minneapolis Bar Pleads Guilty to Nonconsensual Sexual Contact

The woman told authorities she was able to find Sloan on Facebook and discovered she had a friend who attended the same school he did. According to the complaint, Sloan sent a message to the mutual acquaintance that stated, "Please I really need to talk to this girl that is NOT me to do something like that. I'm so sick to my stomach thinking about this. Please let me just at least text her and sincerely apologize. Thank you."

During an interview with authorities, Sloan admitted to sitting next to the woman in the booth. Sloan said the encounter was a misunderstanding and nothing had happened; but if it did, it was an accident, according to the complaint. He denied putting his hand down the woman's pants, the complaint states.

DNA testing of a sample taken from the front of the woman's jeans matched Sloan.

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