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Man Charged After Assaulting 14-Year-Old Girl At “Family Friendly” Nudist Camp

Natasha Biase

A man is in custody on charges of sexually assaulting a teen girl at a “family friendly” nudist camp in Anoka County, Minnesota. According to a criminal report, 69-year-old Stephen Wicklund raped the girl last summer while the two were at the Oakwood Club.

Speaking with authorities in July, the victim revealed she had been invited to the nudist camp, which advertises itself as being “all-ages,” by her grandparents. There, she met Wicklund, who began a campaign of sexual abuse against the girl.

In addition to raping her and forcing her to touch his genitals, the police complaint also shows that texts were found on the girl’s phone from Wicklund asking her to send sexually explicit photos of her and her teenage friends.

“Have you been masturbating or having sex with your girlfriends?” asked Wicklund in one of the disturbing messages sent to the girl.

After examining the teen’s phone, police confirmed that the messages sent by Wicklund were “sexual in nature and included requests of nude photos of her.”

Wicklund, described in the complaint as a “family friend” of the girl’s grandparents, reportedly told her that sexual contact was “fine and normal.” Despite the girl asking him to stop, he “grabbed her hand and put it on his genitals.”

Court records reveal that Wicklund does not currently have legal representation, and his charges include third-degree criminal assault. He is due in court on January 12, 2024, and, if convicted, faces a $30,000 and up to 15 years in prison.

The 81-year-old The Oakwood Club prides itself as being “Minnesota’s oldest club for non-sexual clothing-optional activities.” In addition to welcoming visitors of all ages, Oakwood advertises itself as being “family-friendly” and offers “non-sexual activities” like swimming, games, and sports. 

“Oakwood Club was Minnesota’s first nudist club, and one of the first in the US, established in 1942. This is where like-minded friends gather to enjoy the many documented benefits of social nudity, including greater life satisfaction, more positive body image and higher self-esteem,” reads the website. 

In addition to requiring all visitors to register their information a week in advance so it can conduct a background check, the FAQ section also lists instructions on what men should do if they become visibly erect.

“On the rare occasion when this occurs, simply cover with a towel, turn over, or take a quick dip in the pool.”

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