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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. 

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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