Former Kasson Police Officer Facing 21 New Charges

Julio Baez Photo: Olmsted County
Julio Baez

September 20, 2018 05:35 PM

A former Kasson police officer is facing 21 new charges of criminal sexual conduct in Rice County.

Court records show Julio Baez was charged Wednesday with 17 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.


RELATED: Additional Charges Filed Against Kasson Police Officer

Back in June, a release from the Olmsted County Attorney's Office said Baez had been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Dodge County.

He had already been charged with three counts of criminal sexual misconduct in Olmsted County.

 RELATED: Kasson Police Officer Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct

Kasson Police Chief Kent Berghuis said the investigation into Baez began June 2 when the department received a complaint of misconduct against him.

The same day, Berghuis said Baez didn't clock out after his shift ended at 4 p.m. Officers later found his squad car abandoned near the wastewater treatment facility in Kasson.

Dodge County sheriff's deputies were called in to help look for Baez. They discovered him several hundred yards away from his squad car.

"He had three gunshot wounds that we, at this point, determined were self-inflicted gunshot wounds," said Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose at the time.

Baez was airlifted to St. Marys hospital where he spent several weeks recovering from the injuries. He had been a police officer in Kasson since 2004.


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