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Inver Grove Man Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct With Toddler

If convicted of the charges against him, Justin Wellington Tatum, 35, could spend up to 25 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $35,000 fine.

A 35-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was charged May 17 with first degree criminal sexual conduct after allegedly inappropriately touching a 3-year-old neighbor on multiple occasions. 

According to a Dakota County criminal complaint, the child told a Children's Hospital nurse that Justin Wellington Tatum molested her "once in the bathtub and once on the couch."

The child's mother told police she has known Tatum since October 2011 and that, because of their friendship, it was not uncommon for the man to be at the 52nd Street apartment almost every day.

According to the complaint, the woman became suspicious May 6, when she noticed Tatum walk into the child's bedroom.

When she went to check on her daughter, she saw the girl lying on a mattress on her back with her legs spread. She also saw Tatum "kneeling or squatting on the floor directly in front of her daughter's open legs."  

In a post-arrest interview, Tatum denied touching the girl inappropriately but admitted to giving her and her brother a bath prior to the day in question.

As to the mother's claims about the May 6 incident, Tatum alleged that he fell onto the floor and on top of the girl just prior to her mother walking into the room.

Tatum was taken into custody May 15 and has been in the Dakota County Jail ever since. He is scheduled to appear at an omnibus hearing June 12. 

If convicted of the charges against him, Tatum could spend as many as 25 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $35,000 fine. 

Jaime Caldwell June 09, 2012 at 03:44 AM
well i am glad he is finally caught! this man raped me when i was 14. when i didnt have anyone believe me or have my back then repeated threats agaainst me i never took it to the police. he was 21. so justice has finally came back and got him. he is guilty! very guilty!
Gloria Martin Tatum June 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I am Justin's ex sister in law and he molested my 12 year old daughter and she is blood related. So when a child said that he has done it I believe her.
Gloria Martin Tatum June 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Brandi i have known Justin for 20 years and was apart of his family and the things i have seen and caught him doing, to my youngest daughter and others have been horrible. So if the little girl said he done it he did it.
Jennifer June 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Sorry to say.. but I know this punk. I sat next to him in High School. He told me that there was no such thing as heaven and that we are actually in hell on earth. I remembered where he lived 20 years ago in Franklinton. He told me if I walked by his house one more time he was going to rape me. I reported it to the school and he was suspended. Throw away the key!
K. June 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
OMG...JUSTIN IS AN EX OF MINE, & WOW I JUST CAN'T, WELL, SHIT IDK WTF TO SAY! i MEAN YA NEVER THINK TWISTED LIKE THIS BUT THEN WHEN YOU KNOW ONES INNER MIND YA MAY WONDER NOW THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED, BUT MY INNER GUT , I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THIS, NOT SAYIN HE DID OR DIDN'T, BUT IF HE WERE IN THE HEADLINES FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE, BATTERY OR SOME CRAP LIKE THAT YEA, I'D BELIEVE THAT ALL DAY LONG NO QUESTION IN MY MIND BUT THIS???? WOW JUSTIN, WTF IS GOING ON WITH YOU???
Amanda Deal June 28, 2012 at 03:38 AM
This man is the scum of the earth, & deserves what he gets. I have contacted the DA. I am willing to testify against this "man" for what he did to me. I have no problem doing this. I wish I would have come forward 6 years ago, and maybe just maybe this little girl would not have had to endure something like this. I have forgive Justin for what he's done to me BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET! He'll have his day in court. I just hope the judge & jury do the RIGHT thing!
Chuck D. June 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Amanda, this is in no way your fault at ALL!! I am sorry you have had to deal with this for so long. God bless you & yours. :) Chuck D.
Anonymous2 June 30, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Amanda, did the DA get back to you? I'm just curious to see if they are looking into other cases or just this one?
Amanda Deal August 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Thank you Chuck.
Amanda Deal August 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
No, they never did. I was thinking I may want to call up to try, and speak with someone as I see the date is closely approaching.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I bet the bail bonds would too. oh wait, you dont know that whole story eather.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:27 AM
and aparently you dont eather.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I agree about getting to know some one first. but there again these people who claim to know me for 20 + yrs,they have alot of skellitons in there closets too. and for the record my sister in law gloria tatum told everyone i touched my 13 yr old niece because i got her and her boy friend kicked out of a mutual freinds of our house.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
please, the transcript from the trial is public record. maybe you should check it out and see what all was said. 11 not guilty 1 guilty .... hung jury.. mis trial. and they offered me probation manny times befor trial, I took it all the way because I was not guilty untill I had no more money for my lawyers.just not enough for another trial.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
really lindsey ? How could you say such things after all the dirt youve done, and I said nothing. I thought you were different.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Jaime, are you still made because I told our friends about you and your brother ? You shouldnt throw stones in glass houses.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Ok ,I can see why your bitter. Im sorry I just didnt want to go out with you. that dosnt mean you have to go on here and make me out to be a devol worshiper. lol your comment is the most amusing so far. very creative.
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I know who this is. of course this charge was bull,but you no the courts they have to have some kind of conviction. got a mistrial and just didnt have the cash for another one. so I got a public defender, and that guy was like that move,my cousin viny talkin about it takin another 6 months for another trial. I just took a deal so i can start paying the people back all the lawyer fees. I know it didnt happen and the ones that truely know me know that too. And jail just sucked,you know me : ) Ill be fine. just a little hurt at all the bashing going on here. I know a couple of people whos not getting a Chrismas present from me this year. lol !
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 01:05 AM
please, amanda,that time over at bens house,you know when we was all doing coke ,and my wife at the time kicked your ass for trying to make out with me ? I guess you for get some times who tries to take advantage of who. ; )
justin wellington tatum December 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Just so all of you know, Im very disapointed at all the pich forks and torches. But I forgive all of you. : )
Amanda Deal December 02, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Lies, Lies and more Lies. My memory hasn't failed me yet, and Justin, it was YOU who was getting chunks of your hair ripped from your scalp. Remember it was sitting in the ash tray on the coffee table. I'd be careful what you say, many people know what you have done because I have told them, and are just waiting for you to show your face in Franklin Co. So be sure to come back soon.. I'd love to see justice served... one way or another! You WILL NEVER hurt me again, I GUARANTEE THAT!
Amanda Deal December 02, 2012 at 01:30 AM
If only the jury knew the real you, and how many numerous complaints there are against you. That's ok, because one day you'll screw up, and mess with the wrong one then you will be begging to be behind bars for your safety! Lies, Lies and more Lies. My memory hasn't failed me yet, and Justin, it was YOU who was getting chunks of your hair ripped from your scalp. Remember it was sitting in the ash tray on the coffee table. I'd be careful what you say, many people know what you have done because I have told them, and are just waiting for you to show your face in Franklin Co. So be sure to come back soon.. I'd love to see justice served... one way or another! You WILL NEVER hurt me again, I GUARANTEE THAT!
Miscellaneous December 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Justin,can't you tell how people feel about you? You think posting a bunch of lies justifies what you did? All it proves is that your guilty and you can't spell. If your so innocent, Where is the fiance that supported you at the top of the page? Her and her new boyfriend don't look too concerned for you now. You will get yours. Justice is on the way.
Jury Member December 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I was on the jury panel in this trial and want to correct one item. We voted 8 guilty 3 not guilty. I am sorry we couldn't put this man away after listening to the evidence.
Chuck D. December 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Any adult that harms a child deserves no rights at all in my eyes!!!. :(
It's a secreat December 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I hate seeing all of this! No one really honestly knows what happens beside Justin and the little girl so why bitch back and forth he is going to say he didn't do and that's that. I know who Justin is, my dad is his brother. I love my uncle but I' not saying he didn't do it because I don't know. I want to believe he didn't but I can't do that either for reasons that people don't need to know. My point is think what you want say what you want- I would- but remember NO ONE knows the honest to god truth besides Justin and the little girl and no one every will because Justin is not changing her story neither is the girl. I'm not saying to stop commenting I'm just asking to keep in mind that you don't know what happened. Now I know that some of you guys have a bad past with him I can understand that so please don't think I'm on his side because I'm not. I'm not on any side besides my own. I would love to tell you all what I know about him but I can't because some people just don't need to know. If you have anything you'd like to ask me ask for my email and we can talk there so the wrong people don't see what I have to say. Thank you and I'm sorry if this message annoys anyone.
Miscellaneous December 07, 2012 at 01:13 AM
So What's your email ? I have some very "specific " questions for you.
Gloria Martin Tatum December 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM
It's a secreat I am your Aunt I have some questions and very important info for you. Please send me your email address please.
It's a secreat December 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Miscellaneous my email is inouterspace104@gmail.com Gloria you already know who I am but I would greatly appreciate keeping who I am a secret on here
Chrispen Peter Greco March 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Atta girl Ice.

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