Fridley Man Charged with Child Porn Possession

posted Sep 4, 2019, 6:28 PM by Ronnie V

By MN Crime Watch, August 26, 2019

A Fridley man has been charged with two felony counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors, some as young as toddlers, following an investigation by Homeland Security.

On August 19, 2019, a detective with the Fridley Police Department was contacted by a Homeland Security Investigator who stated his agency was conducting a multi-state possession of child pornography case involving Trent Lowell Rolfzen.

A new Anoka County criminal complaint states that a search warrant was executed at the residence of Rolfzen on Logan Parkway Northeast in Fridley on Friday, Aug. 23, where a laptop containing approximately 300 videos of suspected child pornography were identified.

The criminal complaint describes graphic details shown in some of the videos of minor males being sexually abused who are approximately 6 to 12 years old. 

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(Part of Anoka Count criminal complaint, redacted for graphic content)

In a statement to law enforcement, Rolfzen, 44, admitted to using two different video conferencing and communication applications on the laptop to view child pornography. He stated some of the child victims are as young as toddlers. He admitted to doing this approximately fifty times. He also admitted to molesting one of his children years ago, which was reported in Hennepin County. A search of Rolfzen’s criminal history does not show any convictions related to child sexual abuse.

A search of Rolfzen’s social media pages, including Facebook, indicates that he is frequently around children and shows him pictured with many different children. A LinkedIn page that appears to belong to Rolfzen states that he’s an operations manager for a Twin Cities non-profit.

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Rolfzen made his first court appearance on Monday at which time an application for public defender was submitted and he has been offered $200,000 bond with no conditions or $50,000 with conditions. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine if convicted. At the time of publication, Rolfzen is still in custody at Anoka County Jail and his next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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(Top photo: Trent Lowell Rolfzen, Source: Anoka County Sheriff)

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