Detroit Lakes martial arts instructor faces felony charge for sex crimes against a minor

Patrick Dean Fineday, 65, formerly ran Pat's Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do School and was a longtime martial arts instructor in the Becker County area.

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DETROIT LAKES — Patrick Dean Fineday, 65, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.

Patrick Fineday
Patrick Dean Fineday

According to court records, on Feb. 25 an investigator with the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report from a Becker County elementary school of an alleged sexual assault involving a girl related to Fineday.

The abuse allegedly occurred at Fineday's home, in multiple incidents over a number of years, ending in the fall of 2021.

The girl attended a forensic interview at the Red River Children's Advocacy Center in Fargo on March 3. During the interview, she talked about the sexual abuse and said she did not tell anyone at the time because she didn't think anyone would believe her.

On March 11, officers interviewed Fineday at the Detroit Lakes Police Department, and he admitted to sexually assaulting the girl in the last two years.


He also admitted to sexually assaulting another girl, also related to him, approximately eight years ago, and said that it had never been investigated by law enforcement.

Fineday formerly ran Pat's Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do School and was a longtime martial arts instructor in the Becker County area.

He is currently being held at the Becker County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

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