Son of ex-Twins owner enters Alford guilty plea to indecency charge

  • Updated: June 13, 2012 - 8:01 AM

Clark Griffith, an attorney whose late father, Calvin, owned the Minnesota Twins, entered an Alford plea of guilty Tuesday to an indecent-exposure charge stemming from an incident with a St. Paul law student earlier this year.

Griffith's attorney, Paul Engh, said that the plea deal negotiated with the city attorney's office calls for no jail time and for the case to be dismissed in a year.

The Alford plea to the misdemeanor charge came on the day of Griffith's scheduled arraignment in Ramsey County District Court and allows him to maintain his innocence while acknowledging there was sufficient evidence to be found guilty.

Griffith, 70, then an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, was accused of exposing himself and moving the 24-year-old woman's hand toward his penis as they stood on Victoria Street after a Jan. 24 meeting at a restaurant.

The student had asked Griffith to work with her one-on-one in an independent clinic.

According to the charges, he texted her two days after the incident to say that it was his fault and implored her to drop a complaint she had made to the school. He wrote that the hurt his daughters "would suffer is too horrible to consider," the charges say.

At a police investigator's urging, the student also returned a call to Griffith, and the eight-minute-plus conversation was recorded. He allegedly stated that his life was over and professed to having been in an "absolute daze" when the incident occurred.

Griffith is to be sentenced on July 26. He was ordered by District Judge George Stephenson to have no contact with the victim.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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