Former hockey coach sentenced to probation for sexual assault 13 Dec 11

A Burnsville man with former ties to Prior Lake and Savage hockey programs has been sentenced to 15 years’ probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl, after a judge ruled out jail time because the defendant has an inoperable brain tumor.

District Judge Richard Spicer said high medical costs and required weekly treatment make it unrealistic for James Brent Vandusartz, 57, to serve time in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings for his crime.

Vandusartz was told he had 15 months to live after his diagnosis in January 2011. Following the sentencing, Spicer said, “I’m not sure what consequence I could have given this man that life didn’t already provide for him.”

Vandusartz pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct for the December 2010 incident involving a former student who was 16 to 18 years old at the time.