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St. Louis Co. social worker charged with criminal sexual conduct

DULUTH, MN– A St. Louis County social worker is accused of sexually abusing a woman who he was assigned to help.

Michael Bryant, 46, of Wrenshall, is charged with felony sexual conduct.

According to court documents, Bryant repeatedly abused the vulnerable woman throughout the year he was assigned to her case.

The victim says that abuse allegedly included dozens of instances of sexual intercourse.

The victim also told police that Bryant was forceful, and would demand that she strip naked, get down on her knees, and beg for forgiveness.

Bryant was removed from the victim’s case earlier this year after coworkers raised concerns.

He’ll be in court next month, and he is not currently in custody.

Bryant is still employed by St. Louis County.

County officials issued the following statement Thursday:

“St. Louis County is aware of the criminal complaint against Michael Bryant. The allegations are deeply concerning. The county is taking this matter very seriously and has fully cooperated with the criminal investigation.
Our Public Health and Human Services Department staff works hard to earn trust and help the people we serve. The department’s mission is to protect, promote, and improve the health and quality of life in St. Louis County. Allegations of violation of that trust are deeply disappointing. The extent to which we can provide information on this matter is strictly limited by the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. We can confirm that an employment complaint exists against Mr. Bryant, and we are working toward a timely resolution to this matter.”

Briggs LeSavage

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