Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2011 1:10PM

Judge Reject's Oberg's Bail Reduction Request



MANKATO – A judge this morning flat out rejected a defense request to reduce the bail for a Mankato man charged possession of child porn and molesting a nine year-old boy.

The attorney for 61-year-old Rodney Oberg asked to have his $100,000 bail cut in half. Arguing for reduced bail, public defender Jeannie Clare Blatz said "I understand the severity (of the charges)." Blatz told Judge Norbert Smith that Oberg had no similar priors and that he could be monitored with GPS.

Oberg faces nine felony counts, including three counts of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a person under 13.

Assistant County Attorney Christopher Rovney opposed any reduction in bail, saying Oberg was a "public safety risk." Roveny said Oberg could be a flight risk, telling the judge Oberg has a "spouse in Vietnam."

Blatz said the flight risk issue could be addressed by having Oberg turn in his passport.

In reviewing the bail, Judge Norbert Smith said going by Blue Earth County's guidelines, bail for Oberg could have been set as high as $200,000. "The judge who imposed bail cut it (Oberg's bail) in half," said Smith. "I'm not going to touch it."

Up next is an omnibus hearing that has yet to be scheduled.

Co-defendant Jeremy Wolfe also made a brief appearance in court today.

His attorney made no request for a bail adjustment and requested Wolfe's omnibus hearing also be set within 28 days.

Wolfe is charged with five felony counts of possession of child porn.

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