Austin man charged with sexually assaulting child
Published 7:01 am Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Colin Charles Belden, 21, of Austin was charged with two counts each of felony attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct – child under 13 years of age, felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct – child under 13 years of age – and felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct – significant relationship – child under 16 years of age – multiple acts – on Tuesday in Mower County District Court.
According to the court complaint, on March 3 a Mower County detective interviewed a teen girl who disclosed that Belden, who was known to her, had been sexually assaulting her. She said the abuse began when she was 5 years old and occurred frequently until January 2020.
She reported the abuse involved him inappropriately touching her and him getting her to perform sexual acts on him when she was too young to understand what was going on. She also alleged that he had held her down and indicated he wanted to have sex with her, but she would punch and kick him to prevent him from doing so. She said that she would try and avoid Belden.
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Belden is currently on probation for a felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction that involved sex with a 13-year-old girl.