Skip to main content

A Coon Rapids man has been charged in a child sextortion case that targeted minors through social media and an online gaming forum. 

Glen Robert Anderson, 24, has been charged with two counts of production of child pornography, one count of enticement of a minor and one count of interstate communications with intent to extort. If he's convicted, Anderson faces a minimum prison sentence of 15 years.

According to court documents, Anderson previously worked as a middle school paraprofessional in special education. He reportedly used multiple internet applications and social media accounts for email, file sharing and chatting with minors, including the use of Grindr and Snapchat.

In addition, Anderson also owned an online gaming forum. 

For those wanting to participate in the forum, users were required to submit an application, which included the age of the user. Anderson was aware many of the users were minors, authorities say. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, between April 1, 2016 and August 20, 2021, Anderson used his position as the forum administrator to groom minors to produce child pornography and engage in sexual activity with him. Some of that was done by providing minors with "in-game perks, privileges and gifts."

One example includes Anderson coercing a 13-year-old to engage in sexually explicit acts for the purpose of producing images and videos. Anderson then later threatened the victim that he would release the sexually explicit images if the victim did not respond to his demands.

The Star Tribune reports that Anderson was employed by Anoka-Hennepin School between May 2019 and March 2021.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-17 at 4.02.18 PM

Minneapolis nonprofit celebrates anonymous donor's $1.5M gift

Appetite For Change is building sustainable, local food systems in North Minneapolis.

police lights

On the lam since 2007, suspect in MN murder case arrested in Florida

The suspect is one of three men connected to a fatal drive-by shooting on St. Paul's West Side.

Deer on road

Motorcyclist in collision with deer dies from injuries

The 55-year-old from Princeton died at a hospital a day after the crash.

U9GqW_wM

Burnsville approves measure that will make its landfill much taller

The expansion will increase the landfill's allowable height by an additional 268 feet.

michael carbo

Northern MN man found guilty in 1980s cold case murder

Nancy Daugherty was found dead in the afternoon hours of July 16, 1986.

Red Ox Cafe

Breakfast spot in Ham Lake closes after decades in business

The business posted an announcement on its front door.

Screen Shot 2022-08-17 at 1.43.04 PM

St. Paul man killed partner, himself while their 5 kids were home

St. Paul confirmed the double shooting on Tuesday evening was murder-suicide.

Kids competing in USA Mullet Championships

Minnesota, Wisconsin kids competing in USA Mullet Championships

The contest is divided into kids and teens divisions.

ATV

One killed after being trapped under UTV near Alexandria

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the victim died at the scene.

image

What's in the Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Biden?

How the nation's biggest climate law will reduce emissions.

Patrick Henry High School

Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis will get new name

A school board meeting was held this week, discussing what's next going forward.

Mike Max

Mike Max is out at WCCO Radio

Max got his start at WCCO Radio in 1998.

Related

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

19 years in prison for Plymouth man who produced child porn

He used Instagram and other programs to exploit minors.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

St. Paul man charged in online 'sextortion' scheme targeting at least 500 girls

Yue Vang, 31, was charged in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

James Robert Hess.

Charges: Man shot brother in the eye, let his body decompose in camper

James Robert Hess faces second-degree murder charges for the shooting death of his brother, William Harold Hess Jr.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

Undercover child sex sting sees 4 men arrested in St. Louis Park

One of the men is being held as he's in a position of authority of power over children.

Michael Miller

Charges: Drunk driver killed former chair of Hibbing Chamber of Commerce

Michael Miller's blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Eagle Ridge Middle School

Middle school principal charged with soliciting minor resigns

District leaders have announced the school's next principal.

Pixabay - laptop computer dark screen

Minneapolis man pleads guilty to producing child porn via social media

Nathan Miller Dobbelmann, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of production and attempted production of child pornography on Thursday.