A Minnesota State Trooper is charged in Dakota County with criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl.

The criminal complaint says 36-year-old Shawn Barta of Burnsville began having inappropriate contact with the girl in April of 2018. The girl, though 14, is cognitively delayed and functions at about a sixth grade level. Burnsville police were first made aware of the allegations on July 7th when they received a report from the victim’s father. That’s after the girl told family members both she and Barta would be undressed and that he would touch her sexually. Barta denies the allegations. He has been placed on investigative leave.