Never forget… Judge David L. Knutson let a child rapist, with a lengthy criminal history, walk free after he pleaded guilty to a brutal assault on a child.
Dakota County, Minnesota, May 7, 2013: Dennis Michael Roy, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct after raping and repeatedly assaulting a 5-year old girl, a relative, from Eagan (Case No. 19HA-CR-12-495).
Roy faced a maximum of 30 years in prison and $40,000 in fines…but instead he walked free. Roy appeared before Judge David L. Knutson, who handed down his sentence on March 22, 2013. Judge Knutson sentenced Roy to a 16-year stayed prison term and 20 years of probation.
In September 2014, Roy was found guilty of a probation violation for loitering in public with an open bottle of alcohol. He served 45 days in jail.
Roy has 18 prior convictions, including second-degree burglary, multiple motor-vehicle thefts, multiple DUIs, trespassing, disorderly conduct and multiple domestic assaults.
The girl involved continues to struggle with the assault, and suffers from the effects of trauma.
Will Judge Knutson ever be held accountable? Unlikely because Judge Knutson is now a member of the Board of Judicial Standards that responds to complaints about Minnesota state court judges for violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Members Minnesota Board of Judicial Standards
Justice has not been served; the community remains at risk.