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  • Abduction Vs. Kidnapping

    Has anybody else here in Minnesota noticed that the word abduction seems to be used instead of kidnapping, at least by the local news media? Granted, it is perhaps being too much of a stickler here, but the woman listed in this story is well over the age of 18 and I really doubt that the abductor took her "...for the purpose of marriage..." I suppose we here in Minnesota are the oddballs by having both a kidnapping and abduction statute.

    Let's see, how else are we different from other states? I think we are one of the few that have County Attorneys. It seems like virtually every movie or TV show referring to the prosecution talks about the District Attorney.

    Has anybody else here in Minnesota ever had a victim ask to press Assault And Battery charges through the District Attorneys Office?

    Crime alert issued after Clontarf woman believed abducted - Minneapolis News and Weather KMSP FOX 9

    Crime alert issued after Clontarf, Minn., woman believed abducted

    Updated: May 17, 2012 8:59 PM CDT

    CLONTARF, Minn. (KMSP) - The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a crime alert after officers conducting a welfare check on a 30-year-old Clontarf, Minn., woman found she and her vehicle are missing. Officials now believe she is in danger.

    Officials say they believed Jenna Forslin was taken against her will by 39-year-old Dennis Wayne Aasen.

    Just before 9 p.m., officials said Forslin was found with her vehicle, but Aasen has not been located. There was no word on her condition.

    Police ask anyone who sees Aasen to call 911 immediately and use extreme caution as he is still considered dangerous.

    MINNESOTA STATUTES 2011 609.265
    609.265 ABDUCTION.
    Whoever, for the purpose of marriage, takes a person under the age of 18 years, without the
    consent of the parents, guardian, or other person having legal custody of such person is guilty of
    abduction and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a
    fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
    History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.265; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11

    609.25 KIDNAPPING.
    Subdivision 1.Acts constituting.Whoever, for any of the following purposes, confines or removes from one place to another, any person without the person's consent or, if the person is under the age of 16 years, without the consent of the person's parents or other legal custodian, is guilty of kidnapping and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 2:

    (1) to hold for ransom or reward for release, or as shield or hostage; or

    (2) to facilitate commission of any felony or flight thereafter; or

    (3) to commit great bodily harm or to terrorize the victim or another; or

    (4) to hold in involuntary servitude.

    Subd. 2.Sentence.Whoever violates subdivision 1 may be sentenced as follows:

    (1) if the victim is released in a safe place without great bodily harm, to imprisonment for not more than 20 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $35,000, or both; or

    (2) if the victim is not released in a safe place, or if the victim suffers great bodily harm during the course of the kidnapping, or if the person kidnapped is under the age of 16, to imprisonment for not more than 40 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $50,000, or both.
    Last edited by Jim1648; 05-18-2012, 06:23 PM. Reason: Details

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    Abduction is more directly referential to the physical act of taking a person away compared to kidnapping referring specifically to the taking and maintaining of custody of a person without proper authorization.
    Last edited by Monty Ealerman; 05-18-2012, 07:15 PM.


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