David J. Roettger, badge #None
Department: Hennepin County Sheriff's Department
Jurors seek out judge in jailer sex case
January 22, 2008
A jury will resume deliberations today in the case of a Hennepin County jail deputy accused of criminal sexual conduct with a former inmate.
The jurors sent a note at midday Tuesday to Hennepin County District Judge Margaret Daly saying that they were deadlocked and that more time was unlikely to lead to a verdict. As is the custom after the first notice of a deadlock, Daly sent them back for further discussions. The jury sent no further notes.
The trial of David J. Roettger, 37, of Edina, went to the jury on Friday.
He is accused of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Roettger is accused of sexual contact with a jail inmate in March 2006. The man testified that Roettger took him into a closet and asked him to touch him in a sexual manner. On another occasion, Roettger touched the man, according to the charges.
The man was offered $300 for the activities at the jail and $800 for activities after his release. The man reported that he received no money from Roettger, according to the complaint.
Another inmate testified that he received a note from Roettger while he was incarcerated in which the jailer said the man should contact him and he might be able to make some money, according to the complaint and testimony.
Roettger was placed on leave from his job on Nov. 7, 2006, and has not returned to work. He is not in custody.