Former college paraprofessional pleads guilty to child sextortion scheme | USAO-MN
MINNEAPOLIS — A Coon Rapids man has pleaded guilty to a sextortion scheme targeting minors through social media and an online gaming forum, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger said.
According to court documents, Glen Robert Anderson, 24, previously worked as a college paraprofessional in special education. Anderson used several internet apps and social media accounts for email, file sharing and chat with minors, including Snapchat and Grindr. Anderson also owned and administered an online gaming forum. To participate in the forum, users had to submit an application indicating the age of the user. As Anderson knew, many users were minors. Between April 1, 2016 and August 20, 2021, Anderson used his position as forum administrator to groom minors to produce child pornography and engage in sexual activity with him, including providing minors with benefits, privileges and other in-game gifts. For example, Anderson coerced a 13-year-old victim into performing sexually explicit acts for the purpose of producing images and videos. Anderson then threatened to release these sexually explicit images if the victim did not respond to Anderson’s demands.
Anderson pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz to two counts of producing child pornography, one count of incitement to a minor and one count of interstate communications with intent to extort. Anderson was ordered to remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing on October 25, 2022.
This case is brought under Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children through Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Click on the “Resources” tab for information on Internet safety education.
This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Erie County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Arrest and of the Waterloo Regional Police Service in Ontario, Canada.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Miranda E. Dugi is prosecuting the case.