Inver Grove Heights man sentenced for sex abuse

Roy Ludvig Derry

Roy Ludvig Derry, 75, of Inver Grove Heights, was sentenced June 7 to six years supervised probation for fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

He pleaded guilty March 15 to sexual abuse that occurred in South St. Paul from 2009 to 2010.

The criminal complaint against him states that on May 12, 2017, the South St. Paul Police Department received a report regarding sexual abuse that occurred in the city years earlier. The report was initiated when a then 15-year-old girl told to her mother, and then a therapist, that she had been sexually abused by Derry. 

The abuse happened at Derry’s South St. Paul residence when the victim was living there with him and his wife. At the time, she was 7 to 9 years old.

The victim was interviewed by a nurse at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center, where she said she lived with Derry and his wife for two years. She said that sometimes at night she would become scared, so she would get in bed with them. 

According to the complaint, on two or three of the times she slept in the bed with Derry, he put his fingers inside her underwear and touched her vaginal area. The victim reported Derry would make her put her hands on his genitals, both over and under his clothes. There were also occasions when they were at a hotel out of town when Derry would touch her genital area over her swimsuit when they were in a hot tub. 

In addition to the six years probation, Derry was sentenced to 30 days of electronic home monitoring. 


— Hannah Burlingame

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