Rape charges against ex-Renaissance Festival manager dropped amid COVID

Rape charges against ex-Renaissance Festival manager dropped amid COVID


Minnesota prosecutors dropped the charges against a former Renaissance Festival manager accused of raping a freelance photographer — because his accuser couldn’t travel to the hearing amid COVID-19, a report says.

Carr Leon Hagerman, 62, who was charged in June 2018 with two counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting the woman on the Scott County Fairgrounds in fall 2017, was set to appear for trial  Monday, the Star Tribune reported.

But Hagerman’s accuser was unable to travel to Minnesota because of concerns about the coronavirus, prompting the dismissal of the charges, her lawyer told the newspaper.

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“These are serious health concerns that involve her family,” lawyer John Klassen said Thursday, adding that prosecutors said they plan to refile the case next year.

“My reaction, representing her, is that Mr. Hagerman is not off the hook and this is not any sort of victory for him.”

Hagerman’s accuser was not allowed by a judge to testify remotely,

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