Minnesota gas station owner accused of sexually touching male patrons at his store
BREWSTER, Minn. — A string of criminal sexual conduct charges were filed this week against a longtime Brewster business owner.
Six separate cases representing 12 offenses on six victims were filed against James D. Weaver, owner of Jim’s Amoco and Food Shop. The alleged victims, whose current ages range from 15 to 41 years old, claimed Weaver repeatedly grabbed their genitals over the course of several years.
As a result, Weaver faces 11 counts of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.
The alleged victims claimed Weaver had a habit of committing the offenses when there was no one else in the store. According to court documents, one victim claimed that many boys had been touched by Weaver and many learned not to stand too close to the counter.
According to the criminal complaint, Weaver initially admitted in November 2018 that he touched “10 to 15” men’s private parts over the past 15 to 20 years. In a January interview, he allegedly admitted to touching “seven to eight guys.”
Weaver posted bail and was released Thursday night, Feb. 28, pending a scheduled March 13 appearance in Nobles County District Court.
Brewster is about 8 miles northeast of Worthington.