A former Minnesota State Trooper accused of taking a woman's cellphone and using it to send her private photos to himself is pleading guilty.
Albert Kuehne filed a petition to enter a guilty plea Thursday, according to court records, in which he agreed to plead guilty to one count of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, a gross misdemeanor.
As part of the plea agreement, the felony harassment charge he was facing will be dismissed, and Kuehne will be sentenced to two years of supervised probation. He also agreed to complete Veterans' Court requirements, 10 days of a work program and restitution if necessary. He is also barred from having contact with the victim.
A hearing is scheduled for the morning of Monday, June 14. He'd initially pleaded not guilty.
According to the initial charges:
Kuehne was working a single-car crash at Interstate 94 and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis on March 25, 2020, in which he had detained the 25-year-old female driver on suspicion of drunken driving. While bringing her to his squad car, he demanded her phone.
The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was treated and released. When she got home, her boyfriend was using her laptop, which was linked to her phone. It showed the woman's phone was accessed and nude photos of her were sent from her phone to an unknown number. The phone messages had then been deleted.
Her boyfriend called the phone number and the person who answered eventually identified himself as Kuehne. Investigators, via a search warrant, seized Kuehne's phone. On it, they found three pictures of the woman.
Kuehne is from Watertown, Minnesota, and served 14 years in the Army, according to a Minnesota Trooper bio. The Star Tribune says the State Patrol fired Kuehne on Oct. 2, 2020, after having placed him on leave earlier that year.