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Former Woodbury resident sentenced to minimum of 46 years

A former Woodbury resident was sentenced Feb. 13 to a minimum of 46 years in prison on charges of sexual assault.

Brad Joseph Gniewek, 37, was convicted on nine counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Tuscola County, Mich., where he committed crimes against his ex-wife while they were married. He is currently being held in a Michigan Department of Corrections facility, according to sentencing records.

Each count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a minimum of 23 years and a maximum of 46 years in prison. The court determined Gniewek should serve two of the nine terms consecutively and the remaining seven concurrently.

Gniewek was a pastor at two Michigan churches in the Thumb area, according to reporting from the Tuscola County Advertiser. He and his ex-wife divorced in August 2015.

Gniewek later remarried and moved to Woodbury. He was arrested in January 2018 in Minnesota, according to the Advertiser.