ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Kutzky Park neighborhood was on high alert last fall after a string of break-ins and a sexual assault. Tuesday, the man charged with those crimes found out will be spending the next two decades in prison.
"Ultimately, it was worked out with him pleading guilty, it seemed like it took a painfully long time," explains Mark Ostrem, Olmsted County Attorney, "and I appreciate from the victim's perspective, it was almost a lifetime."
Dion Mayer, who will turn 18 later this year, will serve 20 years in prison for pleading guilty to 1st degree and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct and 1st degree burglary. Tuesday's sentencing included testimony from a doctor who suggested treatment for Mayer needed to come sooner rather than later.
The prosecution disagreed.
"The treatment, in order for Mr. Mayer to be successful in this treatment, it's going to take a long time, much longer than what a Red Wing program could offer," says Ostrem. "Frankly, the longer he can stay in one stable location at the Department of Corrections is probably the best for him."
These incidents took the entire neighborhood on alert, leading to a community-wide meeting.
"Actually, after that meeting, I did, I was concerned about it," explains Frank Walsh, a resident of the Kutzky Park neighborhood. "We put up security lights, we made sure our locks and stuff were in functioning order and we had deadbolts on everything."
Even with today's sentencing, it does not seem to make the mood better or worse.
"If there's a problem in the neighborhood, I don't all of a sudden think this neighborhood is never going to be safe again," says Walsh, "and if there's no problems in the neighborhood, I don't feel safe, like we don't have to worry about it."
Mayer offered his apologizes to the victim in court, and now he begins his term behind bars.
"I can't imagine that he even understands what he did," says Ostrem. "I guess I'd leave it at that."
Regarding Dion Mayer's apology, the judge said that he does not doubt the sincerity of his comments, but just as Mark Ostrem mentioned, it may take a long time for him to fully understand what he has done.
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