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UPDATE: Itasca County attorney charged with sexual assault turns himself in, makes first court appearance

Jan 13, 2022 06:02AM ● By Editor
Jesse Powell - Photo: Itasca County Sheriff

By Briggs LeSavage from KBJR-TV - January 12, 2022

An Itasca County attorney charged with several counts of criminal sexual conduct turned himself in Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest Monday.

A judge issued the warrant after Jesse Powell, 32, missed his original court date Monday.  Powell is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he was representing through her divorce.

According to court documents, the assault, which allegedly happened between February and August 2021, ranged from non-consensual kissing and touching to rape.

Powell, who was booked overnight after turning himself in, made his first court appearance via video conference from the Itasca County Jail Wednesday morning. 

A Beltrami County judge set unconditional bail at $50,000 and conditional bail under the promises that he has no contact with his accuser, remains sober and shows up to all future court hearings.

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, he was still listed on the Itasca County Jail’s roster.

Powell also explained why he missed his initial court appearance Monday. He told the judge he received notice of the hearing on the same day he was hospitalized for an extended period of time. He also said he had the wrong date stuck in his mind.

He then apologized for missing the court hearing. His next court date is set for January 24.

Victim advocates say other victims have now come forward sharing more accusations against Powell.

To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the KBJR-TV website.