A former pastor from rural Gibbon had an omnibus hearing in court on Thursday on criminal sexual conduct charges.
52-year-old David E. Radtke is accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old foreign exchange student staying in his home at the time.
In court on Thursday, Radtke’s attorney argued that an alleged confession made to authorities following his arrest should be suppressed because he was not brought before a judge quickly enough. The statements were made a day after Radtke was arrested in Wisconsin for the Sibley County charges. He made an appearance in court the following day. Prosecuting attorneys argue that Radtke’s testimony was knowing, intelligent and voluntary, and that he was advised of his Miranda rights beforehand. Sibley County Judge Tom McCarthy has now taken the case under advisement, and jury selection in Radtke’s trial is scheduled to begin on October 25th.
He faces 2 counts of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct and other charges.