TRF man sentenced for criminal sexual conduct
TRF man sentenced for criminal sexual conduct

A Thief River Falls man was sentenced in Pennington County District Court for engaging in sexual conduct with two relatives under the age of 5.

Benjamin Joseph Roggenbuck, 39, was sentenced to two felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. Roggenbuck had earlier been sentenced in federal court for a separate, related case involving the same victims and sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for the federal case.

Even though he was sentenced for the Pennington County charges, he will remain in federal custody.

For one Pennington County count, Roggenbuck was sentenced to 180 months in prison. That sentence is to be served concurrently with the second count and also with the federal case for which he is already serving time. He was given credit for 418 days served.

Roggenbuck was ordered to serve a conditional release after a confinement of 10 years. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives for his lifetime unless his civil rights are restored.

Roggenbuck was also ordered to supply a DNA sample. He was ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.

For the other count, Roggenbuck was ordered to serve 360 months in prison. If he were released after serving two-thirds of his sentence, he will remain on conditional release for his lifetime. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fee. The same conditions apply.

As reported in February 2020, Roggenbuck engaged in sexual conduct with two relatives with conduct occurring with one female relative in 2012 and conduct occurring with a male relative in 2020.

According to the complaint, authorities learned of the incidents after receiving a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The CyberTip alleged that numerous images of nude prepubescent girls had been uploaded and transmitted through email. Four appeared to be of the same child.

Yahoo had also reported to NCMEC that six photos had been uploaded of a man anally penetrating a boy. Roggenbuck admitted engaging in such conduct twice and emailing photos of those incidents between his email accounts.

Roggenbuck also admitted engaging in similar contact with the girl about a month before speaking with law enforcement. He said he had taken photos of the incident and they would be in his email and on his cell phone.

In February 2021, Roggenbuck was sentenced for the production and attempted production of child pornography in a separate, related federal case. He was sentenced to 540 months in federal prison in U.S. District Court.

Between November 2012 and February 2020, he used or attempted to use two prepubescent minor children to produce visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct.

Roggenbuck also admitted to possessing and distributing sexually explicit images depicting prepubescent minors in that case, which involved the same minors as in the Pennington County District Court case.