Aaron Hjermstad charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct

Friday,

A former youth basketball coach has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct following the reexamination of a 2015 case, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Aaron Hjermstad, 41, of Brooklyn Center, was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct after a 2015 case was reevaluated. Hjermstad faces criminal sexual conduct charges in two other cases. His next scheduled court appearance is July 10 at 1:30 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, on May 6, 2015, a middle school age male victim told law enforcement that Hjermstad, his basketball coach at the time, inappropriately touched him. At a CornerHouse interview, the victim stated that the incident occurred following a Timberwolves game when the victim was staying overnight at Hjermstad’s home. Investigators believe this occurred between November or December 2014.

The victim stated a second incident happened on March 27, 2015, when Hjermstad inappropriately interacted with the victim while at Hjermstad’s house.

CornerHouse also interviewed a teammate of the victim who stated that the victim disclosed how Hjermstad sexually interacted with him, making the victim touch his former basketball coach inappropriately.  

Criminal Complaint (PDF)