Michigan Truck Driver Charged with Raping 15-year-old in Stearns County


(Learfield News Service/St. Cloud, MN) A semi driver from Michigan who was pulled over Monday morning on I-94 east of Moorhead is now charged with raping a 15-year-old girl.

Thirty-four-year-old Kenneth George Zehnder was charged Wednesday with one felony count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, according to a criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court.

The girl, who said she had been with the trucker for about a week, told investigators he most recently assaulted her at a truck stop near Saint Cloud, and that there were other sexual assaults at different locations.

The girl texted emergency dispatch in Otter Tail County saying she needed help.


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