Bemidji man arrested for indecent exposure, illicit communications with minors

A Bemidji man is accused of electronically communicating sexual material with children and indecent exposure to minors.

Twenty-nine-year-old Caleb Werner was charged last week and remains jailed on an unconditional $20,000 bail.

According to the complaint, Werner was allegedly communicating with a 7-year-old girl via her cell phone.

The victim reportedly told investigators that he engaged in sexual conduct with her, though he has not been charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Werner appeared in court today for a Rule 8 appearance, and will make his next appearance Feb. 21.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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