WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) – The Winona County Grand Jury returned an indictment in a first degree criminal sexual conduct case that happened in Nov. 2018.
Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman announced that Zane Robert Pederson was indicted by the Winona County Grand Jury for offenses alleged to have been committed on or near Nov. 18, 2018.
The offenses come after an extensive investigation involving the St. Charles Police Department, the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, the Winona City Police Department, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Pederson was previously charged by criminal complaint with seven offenses coming from a Nov. 2018 incident in Winona County. He was in court for the complaint on March 6 and bail was set at $1 million. He was held in custody since that date.
County Attorney Sonneman asked that the Grand Jury be convened to determined whether anyone should be charged out of circumstances of a report of sexual assault in St. Charles.
In Minnesota, crimes punishable by life imprisonment can only be issued upon indictment by grand jury.
Pederson appeared in county Friday on the charges contained with the Grand Jury indictment. Bail was set at $2 million without conditions. He was charged with eight different counts.
The charges include three first degree criminal sexual conduct counts, two second degree criminal sexual conduct counts and three first degree burglary counts.
The three burglary counts carry sentences of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.
Pederson’s next court appearance is set for April 24 at the Winona County Courthouse.