ELLSWORTH — A man charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor after allegedly raping a minor over the course of almost two years posted bail but is required to wear a GPS monitor. He released from the Pierce County jail on Thursday, April 2.
Christopher M. Kirchner, 38, Beldenville,was arrested Saturday, Dec. 14, and charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with intimidation of a victim, strangulation, battery and several counts of sexual assault of a child.
His cash bond was set at $25,000; prosecutors had argued for $100,000 cash.
Bail conditions include no contact with the victim, victim's family or schools attended by the victim or victim's family. Other conditions include no possession of firearms and absolute sobriety. He was ordered to remain at a specific residence in Ellsworth. Conditions also include a no contact provision with another individual located in Red Wing.
A status conference will be held at 11:45 a.m. May 11 at the Pierce County Courthouse.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Dec. 14 the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a sexual assault that occurred the day before. The victim had told her mother that Kirchner had sexually and physically assaulted her. Kirchner was taken for an interview at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, confessed and was booked into jail.
Kirchner told officers he assaulted the victim after having gone out to drink earlier the night of Dec. 13. In the interview, Kirchner admitted it had happened before.
The victim said Kirchner strangled her during the most recent incident. He did not dispute that allegation when asked by an investigator.
A DNA sample was taken from Kirchner and other items of evidence were collected.