BROWERVILLE, Minn. - A long list of criminal charges has been filed against two one-time athletes at Browerville High School in connection with the alleged sexual assaults of more than a half dozen teammates.
Seth Joseph Kellen, age 18, is accused of carrying out a number of criminal acts including sexual penetration, groping, lewd conduct and exposure. Prosecutors have charged him with 20 separate criminal counts.
Connor Steven Burns, also 18, is charged with six separate criminal counts involving helping Kellen sexually assault a teammate and taking part in the assault himself.
Investigators say the criminal behavior came to lightin early August of 2011 when an alleged sexual assault took place at Horsehoe Lake in Todd County following a football captains practice. A parent called authorities and told them a number of football players began dunking a teammate while he was swimming and then sexually assaulted him.
Detectives began interviewing Browerville athletes and say they uncovered a pattern of criminal sexual behavior by Kellen that took place in the school locker room, the locker room showers, in the gym and inside a hotel room at the State High School Basketball Tournament in late March of 2012.
While at the tournament, a Browerville basketball player says he was held down while Kellen, Burns and an unnamed juvenile penetrated his rectum with their fingers. Two team managers say Kellen pulled down his pants and exposed himself in an elevator, and then began jumping on the backs of other teammates and began rubbing his genitals on them.
Other athletes told investigators about being penetrated, groped or flashed by Kellen in the locker room, showers or gym at Browerville High School.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear in Todd County Court August 20.