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Minneapolis man sentenced for criminal sexual conduct

Clifford Lamont Lea Photo: Hennepin County
Clifford Lamont Lea

Updated: October 11, 2019 08:51 PM

A Minneapolis man was sentenced to prison Thursday for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Court records state that Clifford Lamont Lea, 43, was sentenced to 25 years (300 months) at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, with a conditional release after 10 years. He was also given credit for 320 days served.

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He was listed as a designated level 2 predatory sex offender when he was charged.

According to a criminal complaint, officers received a report from a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted by Lea on Nov. 26 at Lea's residence. The woman said she met Lea on an online dating app and they began a relationship in July, but broke up a couple months later and she began seeing someone else. But on Nov. 25, she said Lea called her to come help him and she felt obligated because she owed him money, but said nothing sexual could happen because she had a new boyfriend.

Level 2 sex offender charged with criminal sexual conduct

The woman said Lea became angry after she arrived at his apartment, and became threatening, demanding she have sex with him, the complaint states. The woman said she complied to prevent him from getting angrier. But, when she attempted to leave in the morning, he blocked her and started strangling her. He then sexually assaulted her.

The complaint states the woman immediately reported the incident to his transitional housing agency and he was arrested later in the day. According to the complaint, Lea was convicted of domestic assault strangulation for a "nearly identical" assault in Hopkins in 2016 and was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Lea denied the assault and had pleaded not guilty in March.

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