January 03, 2019 07:16 PM
A Brooklyn Park man and school bus driver has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after authorities say he sexually assaulted a woman for over eight years, according to court records.
A criminal complaint states Carl Arthur Broden faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to the complaint, on Dec. 10, a woman reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted by a man, later identified as Broden, from the time she was 14 until she was 22.
The victim told police that Broden had digitally penetrated her and performed oral sex on her, the complaint said. She also said Broden photographed her while naked.
The complaint said the victim told police that Broden told her, "If you ever go to the cops, I'll make your life a living hell."
Officers later executed a search warrant at Broden's home. The complaint said during an interview, Broden admitted to taking photos of the victim while she was naked.
He also admitted to performing sexual acts on the victim. However, he said he believed it occurred when she was 17 and older, the complaint said.
In a statement, ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools confirmed Broden had been a driver in the district, though it said it has received no indication of any connection between Broden's alleged criminal behavior and his work transporting Osseo Area Schools students:
"As an employee of First Student, the school district's transportation provider, Mr. Broden has driven bus routes serving Osseo Area Schools students," it read.
"Upon learning of the extremely disturbing criminal complaint, the district immediately contacted First Student. While there is no indication of any connection between Mr. Broden's alleged criminal behavior and his work transporting Osseo Area Schools students, the district received assurances from First Student that Mr. Broden would be prohibited from driving any Osseo students in the future."
"All cases like this are very concerning, this one is unusually concerning because early on the victim told us the suspect had heavy involvement with other youth in the area of Brooklyn Park," said Deputy Chief Mark Bruley with the Brooklyn Park Police Department.
The victim told police Broden was a volunteer in 2005 with children's programs at what is now called Discover Church in Brooklyn Park.
Senior Pastor Dr. Carl Billings wasn't with the church at that time, but said Broden still attends adult studies there, and occasionally worship.
"Our No. 1 priority as a church is to protect the children, that includes youth," Billings said.
"Churches of all places, should be safe places."
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS stopped by Broden's home Thursday. A relative outside said the allegations are not true.
Authorities continue to investigate the matter.
"When we see this extensive type of grooming of victims or long periods of victimizing a victim, it's concerning to us that there are other victims," Brooklyn Park Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley said.
Police said they have not found any additional victims in either the church setting, or related to Broden's job as a bus driver. But they stress that they are proud of the victim for coming forward.
"We are asking the public, if they believe they have information that may help us, or if they were a victim, or know a victim, or anything that happened related to this individual, we ask them to call us," Bruley said.
Jessica Miles and Ben Rodgers
Updated: January 03, 2019 07:16 PM
Created: January 03, 2019 02:02 PM
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