Man could face life in prison for abusing two boys
A Hennepin County Grand Jury indicted a registered sex offender on four counts of criminal sexual conduct, allowing for a sentence of life in prison if he is convicted, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.
Kristopher Michael Lewis Page, 45, was indicted on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct late Thursday afternoon. Page already had been charged by complaint in June and bail had been set at $500,000. With the indictment, the county attorney’s office will be asking for $1 million bail.
“The ability to go to a grand jury and seek a life sentence for repeat sexual offenders is a tool the state legislature gave prosecutors about 10 years ago,” Freeman said. “Fortunately, there are not that many defendants who meet the criteria for a life sentence, but we have indicted several people who qualify and will continue to do so.”
According to the earlier criminal complaint, police were called to a Minneapolis home in June when two brothers, ages 9 and 10, told their parents that a neighbor had sexually abused them. The boys had frequently spent the night at Page’s house beginning in June 2014. However, on June 12, 2015, the younger boy was riding in the car when Page was involved in an accident. Minneapolis police gave the boy a ride home and informed the parents that Page was a level 2 registered sex offender. The parents questioned their sons and they revealed the abuse.
The two boys were interviewed by sexual abuse specialists and they said Page had repeatedly abused them and threatened the older boy with a baseball bat if he ever told anyone, the complaint states.
Criminal Complaint (PDF)