A Nashwauk man who sexually assaulted a preteen girl was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison on Tuesday in Itasca County District Court, the district attorney’s office said.

Bryan Morgan Holl, 36, had been found guilty of five counts of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting a girl when she was 9 to 11 years old.

Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam asked 9th Judicial District Judge Richard A. Zimmerman to give Holl the maximum sentence of 30 years, or 360 months, because “it was appropriate based on the significant sexual abuse Holl perpetrated against the minor victim,” according to the press release. “The court agreed that the crimes were serious but imposed a sentence of 306 months in prison.”

The sentencing comes more than two years after Itasca County Health and Human Services got a tip about Holl assaulting the girl being reported to a social worker in Decatur, Ill. in January 2017. The victim’s father informed authorities as well.

The county agency sent a report to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, which joined Decatur police the following month in conducting a forensic interview with the then-13-year-old girl who told law enforcement that Holl assaulted her multiple times between 2012 and 2014.

The girl also said Holl apologized to her through a Facebook message: “I am truly sorry for the things I have put you [through] and the long road ahead for you but know you have a great support team to help [you through] it,” he wrote. “You’re strong.”

Investigators located Holl at his Nashwauk home, where he admitted to sexually abusing the girl at a residence and when scouting deer in the county. Holl said that she was “curious about sexuality and sexual acts.”

Previously, Holl was convicted for felony DWI in 2007 in Itasca County, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. He was convicted for gross misdemeanor DWI in 2005 and gross misdemeanor driving while impaired in 2001 in the county.

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