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Carlson acquitted of all charges

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A Zumbrota man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend was acquitted Wednesday afternoon of both charges brought against him.

Joseph Daniel Carlson, 19, was found not guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.


First Judicial Judge Thomas Bibus dismissed the case after the verdicts were read.

"I wasn't surprised," Carlson said outside the courtroom Wednesday. "I put my whole faith, I put it all in God."

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.