Man sentenced to prison for sex with minors; Received concurrent sentences for probation violation

Published 6:24 am Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Kevin Donovan Raker, 21, of Austin was sentenced to 78 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct – victim 13-15 – actor more than 24 months older on Friday in Mower County District Court.

Kevin Donovan Raker, 21

He received concurrent sentences of 60 months in prison for felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct – victim 13-15 – actor more than 24 months older – and 36 months in prison for felony predatory offender fail to register.

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He received additional concurrent sentences for probation violations of 60 months in prison for felony violent felon in possession of firearm ammunition and 13 months in prison for felony fifth-degree drug possession.

He received credit for 325 days served.

Judge Kevin Siefken issued the sentences.

Court documents state a Southland School District employee contacted law enforcement on May 30, 2018, and reported that a 13-year-old girl had disclosed that she had sex with a man in Austin later determined to be Raker, a registered predatory offender.

The victim said she had left school the previous Friday and went to a girlfriend’s house for a “sleep over,” but that she and her friend got into an argument, so she called another friend (a juvenile male) to pick her up. They then purchased marijuana and went to Raker’s apartment to smoke it. She said she and Raker had sex and that she spent the weekend with him. She said Raker dropped her off at school on May 29, 2018, and he was arrested later that day on another matter.

The victim also disclosed she left a “hickey” on Raker’s neck, allowing an officer to identify Raker as the suspect when he saw the “hickey” in Raker’s mugshot.

Raker, who was 20 at the time, denied knowing the victim, claiming the “hickey” on his neck was from “a fight” at a quarry. When told he should not have sex with a 13-year-old, Raker said he did not know she was 13 because he was on drugs and alcohol. Raker then said he had sex with the victim on at least two occasions and that he only learned of her age after they had sex, claiming he thought she was 16 years old. The victim, however, said they revealed their ages to each other before meeting in person and that he knew which grade she was in. She disclosed that she first met him in person on May 26, 2018, and that they had sex at his residence.

Law enforcement was contacted again on Aug. 31, 2018, by the parents of a 13-year-old female who had disclosed that she had sex with a 15-year-old male from Austin Township in mid-August at a residence in the 16000 block of 520th Avenue. The victim’s mother contacted law enforcement the following day and said she had “proof” on the victim’s cell phone that the victim had sex with Raker.

The victim told a detective that she was at a party with Raker and they were “drunk” when they had sex. She said she had known Raker for about two months and that he “usually dates younger girls,” though they did not discuss her age.

The detective reviewed the victim’s phone and found a Facebook Messenger conversation between the victim and Raker. In the conversation, Raker told the victim, “Never tell anyone about anything between us exptically (sic) the cops or human services.”

Raker agreed that he had been drinking at the party, but denied having sex with the victim and said he believed she was between 13 and 16 years old.

On Feb. 15, 2019, a man informed police that Raker had been staying with a juvenile female relative at a residence in the 1000 block of Second Avenue Southwest. As a predatory offender, Raker is required by law to register his current address with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Raker told police his registered address in the 19000 block of 540th Avenue was correct and denied staying overnight at the residence with the juvenile female, though he acknowledged that his vehicle was parked in the garage. The juvenile female also denied that Raker was living at the residence.

Raker was then arrested on a probation hold. Police checked Raker’s call log in jail and found a call Raker made to the juvenile female. In it, he told her to tell her mother not to talk to the police, saying he could be facing a long time in prison. He also told the juvenile to hide his clothes and personal property at the residence.

In addition to prison, Raker must also pay $170 in fees.