A former Moorhead High School hockey player was sentenced to two months in jail Thursday for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Jacob Dittmer, 19, was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Clay County District Court.

The sentence comes nine months after the parents of the victim reached out to the Moorhead Police Department, according to the criminal complaint.

Dittmer already had served 40 days of his 60-day sentence at the time of his sentencing; he will also be on supervised probation for five years.

In early December, the prosecution reached a plea agreement with Dittmer in which he agreed to serve jail time.

According to the complaint, Dittmer received the victim’s phone number through a mutual friend a few days before the incident. The two began texting and sending Snapchat messages to each other and eventually arranged for Dittmer to sneak into her room through her window around midnight on June 4, 2015. The pair then had sex.

The victim’s parents called the police after they found muddy footprints in the window well and a used condom in the garbage.

The victim told police that Dittmer had said he knew what he was doing was illegal.

Dittmer graduated from high school in May 2015.


Ben Farniok is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.