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Man convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with minor after rape charge is dropped

Aaron Krause • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:20 PM

A Bellevue man faces one to five years in prison after he was convicted Friday of having unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Lee A. Gustafson Jr., 28, of 325 Lyme St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for the state dropping a more serious charge of rape, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said

"He had some relations with a young girl" who is not related to him, the prosecutor said.

The Bellevue Police Department investigated the suspected April 5 incident, which involved a 15-year-old girl.

Gustafson earlier posted 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. As a condition of his bail, the defendant is prohibited from having any association or communication with any "unrelated minors," according to court records.

"I texted the mother and I think she's going to be very happy not to testify," Leffler said.

Gustafson is scheduled to be sentenced April 16.

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