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Woman corrections guard found not guilty of sexual conduct with juvenile male inmates

Jurors acquitted former Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing guard Suzanne Marie Walstrom on all counts this afternoon.

The verdict came within a couple hours of attorneys giving their closing arguments.

Walstrom, 39, Plum City, was accused of having sexual relationships, including fondling, with three juvenile inmate boys while she was working as a guard at the prison. She worked in the cottage where sex offenders are placed. Charges were filed in April and August 2010.

The jury found her not guilty on all counts, including four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Defense attorney Ryan Pacyga said the accusers, whom he called serious criminals, targeted his client and know how to work the system.

The trial began April 16 following a full week of jury selection.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.