Hastings man faces 11 felony criminal sex counts

Dillard mugshot

NEW ULM — A 39-year-old Hastings man faces 11 felony criminal sexual conduct counts in Brown County District Court Tuesday.

David M. Dillard was arrested and booked into the Brown County Jail early Sunday morning after admitting to consuming a liter of Brandy and some beer plus some moonshine at a camp site in Gibbon, according to court documents.

New Ulm Police were dispatched to 2201 N. Broadway for an issue between a reported 16-year-old female and an adult male Sept. 17. At the scene, police talked with an adult female who was visibly upset and crying. She said her 16-year-old daughter, the victim, was sexually assaulted by Dillard, who was handcuffed and transported to the Brown County Jail.

Police asked Witness 2 to bring the victim to the New Ulm Medical Center for a sexual assault exam.

A witness told police that Dillard was a family friend that another witness traveled to Hastings and brought him to New Ulm Saturday. The first witness said he, his wife and Dillard were consuming alcoholic beverages at night.

The victim told police she did not consume any alcoholic beverages. She provided a preliminary breath sample that read .000.

Dillard told police he was the guilty party. He said he woke up from a dead sleep to the victim screaming and accusing him of doing things to her. He denied touching the victim.

In jail, Dillard again admitted drinking. A preliminary breath test read .119.

The person who brought Dillard to New Ulm told police they saw Dillard in the victim’s room. Police said a beer can was found in the victim’s bedroom that Dillard had been drinking that night. His sweatpants, underwear and a comforter were retained as evidence.

The victim told police she heard Dillard climb into the bed and sexually assaulted her, she began to hyperventilate and cry. The victim said she thought Dillard was in her room for 15 to 20 minutes.

Dillard later told police he passed out on a couch, he recalled the victim and her mother running past him outside all upset and the next thing he knew, he was arrested.

Dillard’s bail hearing was set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

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