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Grand Marais couple sentenced in sexual assault case


The victim of sexual assault from a Grand Marais couple finally saw his assailants sentenced in Cook County District Court Wednesday.
The husband in the assault, Kevin Thompson, 52, was sentenced to two years at the Northeast Regional Correctional Center and one year in local confinement by Sixth Judicial District Judge Kenneth Sandvik The felony charges were for kidnapping, second-degree assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and criminal sexual conduct.
Susan Thompson, 40, was sentenced to 10 years probation on charges of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Under terms of a plea agreement, Susan Thompson will be confined to her home under electronic home monitoring. She will not be allowed to have guests or leave home without permission of her probation officer. According to the Cook County Attorney’s office the Thompson’s school-age child will live with his mother.
The Thompsons testified during that hearing that when Kevin learned his wife was having an affair with the victim they concocted a plan to lure him to their home the night of May 15, 2009. The Duluth News-Tribune reported the intent was to scare him. However once the man arrived, Kevin Thompson overcame the victim, tied him up and held him for the next six to eight hours, while threatening him with a knife, a crowbar and a gun, and forcing him to have sexual contact with Susan.
Sandvik ordered Kevin Thompson be taken into custody immediately. Both of the Thompsons will be required to enroll in sex offender treatment programs as part of their sentences. They also owe court costs and restitution totaling $50,000.