Sibley man arrested for sexual abuse

A Sibley man was arrested on three sexual abuse charges including Lascivious acts with a child and sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

According to criminal complaints filed in O’Brien County, 75-year-old Martin William Wallace of Sibley has been charged with the following felonies:

Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree, a Class B Felony

Lascivious Acts With a Child, a Class C Felony

Sexual Exploitation by Counselor or Therapist, a Class D Felony

According to the court documents, the victim, a 13-year-old called law enforcement to report inappropriate contact from his therapist. The juvenile told police over nine months, his mental health therapist has had indecent contact with him on at least three separate occasions.

The three incidents occurred during separate visits. After the police report was filed multiple search warrants were issued for Wallace’s office. Police say they found evidence to corroborate the victim’s claims.

Police interviewed Wallace who denied having any video cameras recording the sessions. Multiple cameras, including a magnetic hidden camera, were located during the search warrant.

On May 31, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant on Wallace. After his initial court appearance, Wallace posted a $40,000 bond on June 1. His next court date is June 21 in the O’Brien County Courthouse.