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Cottage Grove man in custody on criminal sexual conduct charges

COTTAGE GROVE — A 34-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possessing pornographic photos.

Darryl Rena White Jr. is accused of sexually abusing a juvenile female for the past two years, according to a criminal complaint filed April 11 in Washington County District Court.

White was arrested by U.S. Marshals April 24 and was later taken to Washington County Jail. 

After White crashed his vehicle while reportedly driving drunk, his passenger found sexually explicit text messages on White's cell phone between him and the victim. The passenger brought the phone to police March 23.

White asked the victim in several text messages over the last two years to perform various sex acts on him and to send sexually explicit photos, which police found on his phone.

The victim told police White forced her to perform oral sex on him about 30 times over the past two years, starting when the victim was 12 years old. The victim told police White would get angry when she refused.

White would not answer questions from police about whether he had ever received sexually explicit photos or had ever had sexually explicit conversations with the victim.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story said White was still being sought. He has been in custody since April 24.