On Monday in Faribault County District Court, Jason Scott Oskerson was given a chance to speak before being sentenced.
“I do sincerely apologize to the family. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry. I’m going to continue counseling to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” he told Judge Douglas Richards.
The victim and her mother also read statements as nearly 20 of their supporters sat behind them.
“The one thing that bothers me the most is that he (Jason) did this to me while at my lowest point.
“I was going through a really tough time when things started to get worse. I had just lost a really good friend to breast cancer ... I just can’t believe he would take advantage of me that way, especially when I was that upset already,” says the 16-year-old girl.
The girl’s mother thanked friends and family for their support during the ordeal.
“This has been the longest year of my life ... A parent’s worst nightmare is to find out that someone you trusted and allowed your child to spend time with would have committed such awful acts against her will,” she says.
Oskerson will serve 30 days in the county jail and will receive credit for two days. He also must pay a fine of $835.
Initially, Oskerson was charged with a felony charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, but that was reduced to a fifth degree gross misdemeanor.
According to the court complaint, Oskerson was 32 years old when he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old female.
During his plea hearing, the owner of Kee Lanes & Grill admitted a sexual relationship between he and the girl began while he was coaching two United South Central bowling teams.
Oskerson says he knew the girl was only 16 years old at the time.
The inappropriate touching reportedly occurred from October 2010 through December 2010.
He admits to touching the girl without her consent.
Court documents also say the girl was employed at the bowling alley.
Other conditions of Oskerson’s sentence include:
• no direct or indirect contact with the victim;
• no private or one-to-one contact with females under the age of 18, except for family members;
• two years of supervised probation;
• must register as a predatory sex offender with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension;
• follow recommendation of a psychological sexual assessment;
• may do Sentence to Serve to pay off fine and must work two days for community restoration;
• can use Huber Work Release program if he qualifies.