Photo: Rodney Arne Oberg, BEC Jail Mug Shot
Under the terms of a plea deal presented this morning to Judge Krista Jass, 62-year-old Rodney Oberg agreed to admit to three counts of possession of child pornography and one count of showing other pornographic images to a child.
As part of the plea, three counts of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and two counts of possession of child pornography will be dropped.
Judge Jass today accepted the plea agreement and ordered a presentence investigation.
Formal sentencing will take place on April 3rd at 9:30 a.m. Jass also ordered a psychosexual evaluation prior to Oberg's sentencing.
As part of the plea deal, Oberg was released from jail today with the conditions of no contact with children under age 18 without supervision and no use of the internet until that condition is reviewed by probation.
Oberg has remained in the Blue Earth County Jail for 302 days. His conditional bail had been set at $100,000.
On April 8, 2011, Mankato police were called to a distrubance in the Eastwood Manor Community trailer park after several parents learned through their children that Oberg and his roommate Jeremy Wolfe, 51, had allegedly shown pornography to them.
In July, Wolfe was ordered to serve another 28 days in jail, after serving 32 day for possession of child pornography. A 25-month prison term was stayed in lieu of the jail sentence.
In addition, the 9-year-old boy told police Oberg had allegedly touched his privates and gave each other oral sex.
In reviewing the plea agreement, Assistant County Attorney Christopher Rovney explained that the three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct were being dropped because the victim's father refused to cooperate with the investigation. According to Roveny, the boy's father twice "failed to show" for two meetings set up with the prosecution.
Under questioning by his own attorney, his sixth differnt public defender assigned to his case, Oberg admitted to possessing three images in question.
Asked later by Judge Jass if he had reason to know they (the pictures) involved minors, Oberg replied "I knew they were young people, yes."