Stearns County jury acquits southern Minnesota man charged with rape


ST. CLOUD – A Stearns County jury has acquitted a south-central Minnesota man on charges of raping a sleeping woman at a St. Cloud hotel.

Thirty nine years Kyle kirsch de Gaylord was found not guilty of a felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct charge for the 2019 incident.

According to the charges, the woman said she had been drinking on a September afternoon with Kirsch, his wife and another man when Kirsch and his wife had an argument. Records show the woman left after this argument.

The victim told police that she, Kirsch, and the other man returned to her hotel room at the Days Inn around 1:00 p.m. to take a nap. According to the complaint filed, the woman and Kirsch were in one of the beds and the other man slept in the second bed. They were fully dressed.

Records show the woman woke up and realized her pants and underwear had been pulled down and Kirsch was on top of her raping her. The report says she started yelling at Kirsch and the other man woke up.

Police questioned the man who said he woke up with the victim shouting that Kirsch had raped her.

Police questioned Kirsch, who allegedly admitted to being in the same bed as the woman but denied that there had been sexual intercourse.

The acquittal came after a two-day trial.

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