Vernon Center man accused of sexually assaulting girl

Kristine Goodrich, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.

Mar. 18—VERNON CENTER — A 55-year-old Vernon Center man is accused of sexually abusing a child he knows.

A 14-year-old girl recently told authorities Robert Dale Jones sexually assaulted her three times beginning when she was 11 years old, according to a court complaint.

Jones raped her last year, the girl said. Previously he touched her inappropriately and on a different occasion forced her to touch him, she said.

Jones denied all of the allegations.

He was charged with felony criminal sexual conduct Wednesday in Blue Earth County District Court.