United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of BENJAMIN JOSEPH ROGGENBUCK, 38, to two counts of production and attempted production of child pornography. ROGGENBUCK, who was indicted on August 10, 2020, entered his plea on September 17, 2020 in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. ROGGENBUCK will be sentenced at a later date.
According to the defendant’s guilty plea, between November 2012 and February 2020, ROGGENBUCK used or attempted to use two prepubescent minor children to produce visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct. ROGGENBUCK also admitted to possessing and distributing pornography depicting prepubescent minors. As part of the plea agreement, ROGGENBUCK also pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges brought by the Pennington County Attorney’s Office.