Former Minnesota prisons sergeant sentenced for buying and selling McDonald’s for intercourse with inmate
ST. PAUL – A retired Minnesota Corrections Sergeant was announced on Wednesday, Jan.
Randy Beehler, 54, of Foley, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual behavior on March 24. Along with the verdict, Dakota County District Judge Tim Wermager ordered Beehler to participate in the treatment of sex offenders and to register as a predator.
“I am pleased that Mr. Beehler will be held accountable for his actions,” Dakota County District Attorney Kathy Keena said in a statement. “As an employee of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Mr. Beehler was assigned the care and protection of the victim while he was moving them to the Hennepin County Jail. He violated his position of authority by engaging in sexual acts with a woman who was in a very vulnerable situation. “
Beehler transferred the female inmate from Olmsted County Jail to Minneapolis on September 30, 2019. The inmate told the Hennepin district authorities that Beehler had told her he was stopping to eat. The inmate said she would “do anything” to get some food, and Beehler asked if this includes getting into the front seat and “fooling around” according to the charges.
Around 12:45 p.m. that day, Beehler drove into a McDonald’s drive through in Cannon Falls and ordered food for him and the inmate. Beehler then drove into the parking lot of an abandoned store, removed the shackles and put her in the front seat before continuing.
On his trip through Dakota County, Beehler opened his pants to expose his penis and the woman manually stimulated him and performed oral sex on him, the indictment said.
Beehler initially denied the allegations to investigators, but eventually admitted that the inmate bought groceries and allowed her to sit in the front. He also admitted that she performed the sexual acts.
Beehler was hired by the correctional facility as a correctional officer in St. Cloud in September 1994. He was promoted to sergeant in January 2008 and transferred to the agency’s Central Transport Unit in May 2009. Beehler stopped working for the agency on Wednesday, Minnesota prison officials said.