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Bogenrief released

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mark Bogenrief . File photo.
Mark Douglas Bogenrief was released on June 26, after a judge suspended his 10-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl more than a decade ago.

The 58-year-old Sutherland man spent about 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to the felony last February and receiving his sentence last July. In March of this year, Bogenrief petitioned the court to shorten his prison term.

After months of consideration and waiting on confirmation of a sex-offender treatment program for Bogenrief, District Judge Edward Jacobson conditionally lifted the remaining nine years of the sentence. He replaced it with a three-year probation and a treatment plan.

Bogenrief, according to the judge's ruling, "has received maximum benefit from his incarceration and his continued incarceration will serve no purpose."

Jacobson stated that he found that Bogenrief has adequate family support and is willing to seek and complete sex offender treatment.

"The defendant is capable of and has demonstrated in the past an excellent ability to be a productive member of society and will maintain full-time employment," Jacobson stated in his order.

The conditions of the release include that Bogenrief participate in a sex offender treatment program with Phoenix Group of Algona, including polygraphs and groups sessions.

If he doesn't follow treatment guidelines, he will be sent back to prison to finish the 10-year sentence.

Bogenrief must also participate in individual and family sessions, paying all fees for his treatment.

Upon his release, Bogenrief registered as a sex offender with Plymouth County. He will also have to register as a sex offender in Sutherland where he will reside, according to a Plymouth County jail staff member.

Sexual abuse charges against Bogenrief were filed in July 2005, after a 25-year-old Le Mars woman -- identified as Jane Doe -- came forward and claimed that Bogenrief had sexually abused her in 1993 and 1994 in Plymouth County.

When Bogenrief pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse, the court dropped a second count of the same charges as part of the plea bargain.

Bogenrief formerly operated a stained glass business in Cherokee.

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