Semi Driver Charged With Raping Teen

Semi Driver Charged With Raping Teen Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A semi driver has been charged with raping a teenage girl at a truck stop in St. Cloud.

According to the criminal complaint, Kenneth Zehnder, of Lexington, Michigan, sexually assaulted the 15-year-old girl on Monday.

Investigators say the teen had been traveling with Zehnder for about a week and had been raped multiple times.

According to the sheriff's office, the victim was texting with 911 dispatchers in Otter Tail County around 10:30 on Monday morning.

She told them Zehnder had sexually assaulted her and she was currently a passenger in the truck on Interstate 94.

Minnesota State Troopers and Clay County Deputies started looking for the truck and managed to pull the driver over in Downer.

The 34-year-old was brought back to Stearns County on Wednesday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Bail was set at $100,000. His next court hearing is August 29th.

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