HALSTAD, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of Halstad is accused of forcing a female acquaintance to have sex with him last week.
The Forum newspaper reports 44-year-old Steve Sortland was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to the complaint, an employee at the Halstad Cenex called the Norman County sheriff’s office Thursday to report a distraught woman was at the store. Court documents say the woman told deputies she wanted to report something but was afraid for the safety of her children.
KFGO-AM reports the woman sought medical treatment at an emergency room.
Sortland said in court he needs more time to hire an attorney. Bail was set at $75,000.
Halstad is a town of 600 in western Minnesota. The City Council plans a special meeting Monday.