Doug and Gina Dahlen were sentenced today at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings for their role in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville, Minnesota.
Excerpts from article by journalist Michael Volpe (CDN News)
Doug and Gina plead guilty to felony charges in January 2017 but their attorney argued the Dahlens were basically bullied into accepting the plea under circumstances that involved witness tampering and Constitutional violations.
Doug and Gina have no previous criminal record. They are not dangerous; and in fact are described as being “kind and generous“. Doug and Gina did not act with malice or criminal intent, but instead, chose to help the Rucki girls because they were truly concerned for their well-being.
Doug and Gina risked it all to shelter S.R. and G.R. – providing safety, nurturing and a second chance to experience their childhood that had been long denied. The Dahlens believed the teen girls truly had been abused – the girls not only spoke about abuse but their physical and mental state also indicated abuse and trauma had occurred. Investigative Report Dahlen, Witness Statements
The Dahlens offered their home, and their heart, to protect S.R. and G.R. from imminent physical or emotional harm. Now the Dakota County court system has ruthlessly worked to destroy the very family that had saved the lives of these terrified teens.
1. Pay restitution, joint and several with all co-defendants in the amount of $10,000 to the MN Crime Victims Reparations Board plus any ongoing expenses related to therapy. 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
2. Authorize release of PSI/Psychological Evaluations, to court ordered programs 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
3. No contact with victim(s), DR & TL 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
4. No violations of an Order for Protection, 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
5. No Violations of An Active Civil/Criminal No Contact Order, 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
6. Give a DNA sample when directed., 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
7. Conditions, other, Have no contact with SVR & GJR; no minors spending overnight at the Ranch unless as respite care as licensed respite care providers through social services; Must comply with state and federal licensure and reporting of suspected child abuse/maltreating.
8. Follow all instructions of probation, 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
9. Remain law-abiding, Appendix A, if attached, is part of this Order; Appendix B, if attached, is a part of this Order 05/02/2017, Active 05/02/2017
They have also been sentenced to 365 days in jail. Stayed for 2 years of probation. Each will serve 31 days in jail (One day for the number of months the girls were gone) Another creative justice approach by Judge Asphaug!
See full sentencing conditions below↓