A former Winona County employee has been convicted of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and will be sentenced in early March.

Annette Marie Vieth, 49, was found guilty of four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct Monday, and a sentencing is scheduled for March 8, according to Winona County District Court documents.

Vieth was charged in September 2016 with sexually assaulting a victim between 13 and 15 years old from a position of authority.

The case went to jury after Vieth pleaded not guilty to all counts, each of which can be punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint filed, Vieth is accused of sexually assaulting the victim five times between fall of 2015 and January 2016, starting on a camping trip in Wisconsin in fall 2015 and then at a residence in rural Winona County.

The complaint said investigators were able to review a recorded conversation between Vieth and the victim, in which the victim accuses Vieth of sexual assault, and Vieth verifies the last four incidents in the conversation, including dates, times, locations and circumstances.

Vieth previously worked for the Winona County Community Services department as a social worker, but had not worked there for some time prior to the charges being filed in 2016, according to the county.

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