A 53-year-old Coon Rapids man, already facing felony charges in Anoka County District Court for allegedly taping young boys changing in the Andover YMCA locker room and possessing child pornography, has now been charged with a felony in Hennepin County District Court.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office March 8 charged Robert Dennis Minor, 12833 Crooked Lake Blvd. N.W., with interference with privacy. He is now in custody at the Hennepin County jail with bail set at $75,000.
According to the criminal complaint, the first of two videos shows several boys believed to be ages eight to 12 sitting in the stands at a hockey game at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. This video lasted two minutes and 47 seconds and was taken Dec. 31, 2011, the complaint states.
A second video shows a boy around the same age urinating in the restroom. At the end of the 47-second recording, Minor allegedly looks into the camera.
The video came to the attention of the University of Minnesota Police Department after the Anoka County Attorney’s Office had charged Minor with seven felony counts – one stalking a person under the age of 18, four possessing pornographic work involving minors and two of using minors in pornographic work.
Minor was arraigned in Anoka County District Court on those charges March 5 and posted $250,000 bail.
According to the Anoka County criminal complaint, a 10 minutes and 39 seconds video contains several prepubescent boys in various states of undress, including full nudity, in the locker room of the Andover YMCA. Minor also allegedly followed a 12-year-old boy to the bathroom area and stuck a wristwatch over a partition between stalls to tape the boy while he was changing.
The boy told his father about the incident and both reported it to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Andover YMCA video surveillance captured Minor on camera and the YMCA was able to identify him as a member, according to the complaint.
Authorities recovered a wristwatch that has the capability to take videos and two computer hard drives during a search warrant at Minor’s Coon Rapids home.
A second search warrant of the hard drives allegedly revealed numerous files that depicted young boys in various states of undress at the Andover YMCA and presumably another unknown YMCA. Also found were thousands of depictions of child pornography, including multiple folders containing videos and images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts, according to the complaint.
When Anoka County authorities saw the video that appeared to have been taken at Mariucci Arena, they contacted the University of Minnesota Police Department and Jason Tossey was the officer from that department who viewed the video for the investigation.
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