Mankato man accused of molesting 11-year-old girl

A Mankato man has been accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl last week.

Police say the child told them that 33-year-old Phillip Oeffler put his hands down her pants, fondled her, tried to kiss her, and also tried to make her touch his genitals.

Oeffler claimed that he put the child to bed Friday and they only cuddled, and later he returned to the bedroom to get a glucose monitor he left there and found it under the child and that he had to roll her over to get it.

The criminal complaint shows that during the interview with investigators, Oeffler said, “I didn’t touch her bottom.” That’s despite the fact that the officer hadn’t said he’d done so. Oeffler replied that he was, “Confused because this is a disgusting and crazy-ass accusation.”

Oeffler is charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. Each charge is a felony that can mean up to 30 years in prison if he’s convicted.

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