Thief River Falls man sentenced to 45 years on child pornography charges

A Thief River Falls man was sentenced to 45 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for producing child pornography.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, 39-year-old Benjamin Roggenbuck entered a guilty plea for production of child pornography last September and was sentenced Tuesday in the federal court.

According to the plea and court documents, between November 2012 and February 2020, Roggenbuck used or attempted to use two prepubescent minor children to produce child pornography.

Roggenbuck also entered a guilty plea to first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Pennington County as part of a plea deal.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota BCA and Thief River Falls Police Department investigated the case.


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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