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Minnesota Renaissance Fair Manager Accused of Sexual Assault

Carr Leon Hagerman Photo: Hennepin County. Carr Leon Hagerman

Ben Rodgers
Updated: June 15, 2018 09:20 PM
Created: June 15, 2018 12:00 AM

A manager for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has been charged after authorities say he sexually assaulted a photographer during the 2017 festival.  

A criminal complaint states Carr Leon Hagerman has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual conduct. 

According to the complaint, on Oct. 30, the Scott County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a rape that occurred at the Renaissance Festival, however, the victim did not want to identify the suspect – later identified as Hagerman – out of fear for her safety. 

During an interview on Nov. 7, the victim told a detective the assault occurred during the second-to-last weekend of the festival and that she had been working as a part-time photographer for the festival. 

She told the detective Hagerman took her to the upstairs part of a building on the festival ground to take pictures. While in a storage room, Hagerman assaulted and raped her, according to the complaint. 

When authorities questioned Hagerman about the incident, he denied ever being alone with the victim.

In March, a person came forward who said they had heard a loud noise coming from the storage room around the time of the assault and rape, according to the complaint. 

The person also noticed the victim seemed "nervous and withdrawn" during the last week of the festival. 

Defense attorney Piper Kenney maintained Hagerman's innocence Friday, saying that the allegations against him are "he said, she said." Hagermann manages several hundred entertainers at the fair. He also has been a regular performer for nearly 40 years.

Mid-American Festivals Inc., the fair's management company, put Hagerman on a paid leave in November after an order of protection was served against him. The festival's internal investigation remains open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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