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Brownsdale man convicted on 7 of 8 sex assault charges

A jury found the Brownsdale man accused of sexually assaulting two minors for the past several years guilty Friday after a week-long trial.

Joshua Mittelsted, 34, was convicted of seven out of eight counts of criminal sexual conduct. He was taken into custody and will remain at the Mower County jail until he’s sentenced on Dec. 17, pending a pre-sentence investigation and a psychosexual evaluation.

He was charged in December with a combined nine counts of criminal sexual conduct, including four first-degree charges and five second-degree charges, all of which were done with victims younger than 13 to younger than 16.

According to a court complaint, Mittelsted allegedly abused the children in a Brownsdale home beginning in 2012.

Both victims reported Mittelsted allegedly fondled them, inappropriately kissed them, rubbed his genitals and digitally penetrated them.

Mittelsted allegedly would ask each of them not to tell anyone else, according to the report.

Neither victim knew Mittelsted allegedly molested the other until recently, according to the complaint. One of the victims decided to tell her father once the victims discussed Mittelsted’s molestation. The father notified police on Nov. 24.