KEYC - UPDATE: Mankato Man Facing Criminal Sexual Charges For Reported

UPDATE: Mankato Man Facing Criminal Sexual Charges For Reported Incident With 8 Year Old

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MANKATO, MN -

A 55–year–old Mankato man is facing two criminal sexual conduct charges after an alleged incident with an eight-year-old

Robert Eugene Cook is facing one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13–years–old.

According to court documents, the investigation into the 55–year–old started following a report of alleged sexual abuse involving an eight–year–old girl by Blue Earth County Human Services.

The police investigation determined the alleged incidents happened between September 2016 and May of this year.

Mankato Department of Public Safety Sgt. Chris Baukol said, "We don't have anything to indicate there are other victims. I can say that. From all the review and interviews that we've completed, review of evidence we've completed, there doesn't appear to be any other victims at this point."

Cook was formally charged June 16 after the investigation started Monday, June 12.

During interviews, police learned a person who lived in the house in took an audio recording in the victim's bedroom, which was unknown to Cook.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim could be heard saying: "I love you and I'll never tell on you."

At today's hearing for Cook, the judge issued two orders to have no contact with the victim or her family; one is part of conditions for bail and the other, a domestic abuse no contact order.

Blue Earth County Assistant Attorney Mike Hanson said, "When you have a young victim like we do in this case, generally, you want to make sure the defendant has no way to have contact with them, so there's no way to influence their testimony."

Cook has previous federal convictions for bank larceny, laundering money and solicitation to commit murder stemming from an armored car hijacking in 1996.

According to court records, he intended to start a revolution by attacking abortion clinics and government buildings, stockpiling knives and bullet proof vests.

At the bail hearing, the judge actually set his bail higher than prosecution was asking.

Hanson said, "Which is something that happens quite rarely, so I think it speaks to the concerns that we have, and certainly the court has for the public safety in this case."

During the hearing, Cook indicated that he would not be posting bail.

His next appearance is scheduled for June 29.

The charges Cook faces includes a maximum sentence of 30 years.

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--KEYC News 12