A young man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy in a Brooklyn Park portable toilet is known to be "drawn to small children," according to a criminal complaint filed against him Tuesday.
Jonah Canny, 18, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the assault last Wednesday evening in Willowstone Park, within blocks of the suspect's home.
Canny remained jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail and was due in court Wednesday. Court records did not list an attorney for him.
Investigators were contacted by an adult, who told them that she believed Canny was involved and "is drawn to small children and frequents Willowstone Park," the criminal complaint read. The adult added that Canny "has a history of similar behavior" as outlined in the complaint, the charging document continued.
According to the criminal complaint:
The boy's family members went to the park about 6 p.m., and they noticed about three hours later as they were packing up that he was missing. An uncle said he saw the boy exit a portable toilet with the teenager close behind.
The uncle confronted Canny, who said the child was stuck in the toilet and he went in to get the boy out.
However, when the family got home, the child said that someone had removed his clothes and touched him sexually.
The boy's mother called police, and the uncle gave them a detailed description of the teen he confronted. The man then picked Canny out of a photo lineup that included the suspect's driver's license photo. He was jailed Friday.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482