Prosecutors turn over information

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Faribault County prosecutors have finally given the Sheriff’s Department information related to a jailer mentioned during the assault investigation of a Blue Earth Area football player.

Chief Deputy Scott Adams tells that Sheriff Mike Gormley is examining the documents.

“He is reviewing the transcripts and may ask for more information,” says Adams. “Any internal investigation that the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office does will be completed by an outside investigator.”

Adams responded to a question on whether Sunken has been placed on administrative leave by saying, “We are currently at full working staff.”

In June, Adams contacted the County Attorney’s Office after learning that jailer Tara Sunken was named in a court document prior to a restitution hearing for a co-defendant convicted in the October 2017 assault.

According to court papers, the mother of a defendant texted her husband and told him that Sunken warned a co-defendant’s mother that the cops were going to get a warrant for his cell phone that reportedly contained a video of the beating.

The cell phone was lost when the parents and their son took a weekend trip to Iowa to watch a college football game.

Also, the victim’s father says his son admitted in a written statement that he and defendant charged in the assault went to Sunken’s home to get alcohol to take back to a house party in Winnebago where the assault occurred.

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