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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.

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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.
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