Sexual abuse case against sheriff's sergeant moves forward

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May 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

ANOKA, MN (KNSI) - Jury selection is set to begin in Anoka County today in the case of a Stearns County sheriff's sergeant accused of sexually abusing three teenage girls. 

Sgt. Phillip Meemken, a 17 year veteran of the sheriff's department, faces 23 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Meemken, arrested in 2009, is accused of giving alcohol to three teen girls, then sexually abusing them. The alleged victims included two relatives of Meemken and a friend. 

Meemken went on paid leave in December 2009 and has been paid more than $200,000 in salary and benefits while he's been inactive.  The trial moved to Anoka County after lawyers for Meemken said pretrial publicity unfairly prejudiced the jury pool in Stearns County.

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