Faribault, MN  -  A former Kasson police officer accused of sexually abusing three young girls over a period of years could face an aggravated sentence if he is convicted.

The motion for the stiffer sentence was filed last week in Rice County Court in the case involving 52-year-old Julio Baez.  He is scheduled to appear at a settlement conference Friday and if nothing is worked out, his trial is set to begin Jan. 7th.

The Rice County criminal complaint says the abuse occurred between 1999 and 2004 while Baez lived in Morristown and Faribault. The complaint says the abuse began when the girls ranged in age from 4 to 9-years-old.

The Olmsted County criminal complaint says the alleged sexual abuse took place in Byron between 2006 and 2011.

The Dodge County complaint accuses Baez of sexually abusing the girls between 1998 and 2006 while he lived in Dodge Center.

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