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Bartkey convicted in sex assault case

A former Somerset woman was convicted and sentenced to jail in the sexual assault of a young man nearly two years ago.

Valerie Marie Bartkey, 26, St. Paul, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, criminal damage and two counts of disorderly conduct July 17.

Judge Howard W. Cameron ordered Bartkey to serve 30 days in jail, probation for three years and 100 hours of community service. She was also fined $1,268.

The criminal complaint said Bartkey and her sister, Amanda Johnson, 19, were involved in sexually torturing an 18-year-old male in an Oct. 1, 2011, incident in the Town of Somerset.

Bartkey pulled the man's penis with a pliers and Johnson threatened to hit him with a belt. The two women allegedly forced him to drink urine from a cup, the complaint said.

Johnson, who had a Hudson address at the time, was convicted of misdemeanor battery and criminal damage July 26, 2012. She also entered a deferred prosecution agreement to felony charges of false imprisonment, intimidating a victim and subjecting an individual at risk to abuse.

A psychological examination revealed the victim suffered from Asperger's-Autism Spectrum, court records said.

Johnson's probation on convictions in two counts in the case was vacated May 1 and she was sentenced to six months in jail. She was also sentenced to 90 days in jail on two separate disorderly conduct convictions from incidents Sept. 2, 2011, and May 1, 2012, to run concurrently, court records said.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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