Man charged with videotaping boys at Mariucci Arena

4:43 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The man charged with secretly videotaping nude boys at north metro YMCAs is now accused of videotaping boys urinating at the Mariucci Arena with a wristwatch video camera.

Prosecutors have charged Robert Dennis Minor, 53, with a felony of interference with privacy.

Prosecutors say Minor videotaped boys 8 to 12 years old at the arena's urinal trough during a hockey game on Dec. 31, 2011.

The complaint says one video shows a boy who appeared uncomfortable with Minor's presence and at the end of the recording Minor looked into the camera.

Minor was also charged in Anoka County Court earlier this week for stalking a victim and use of minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work to possession of child pornography.

Authorities say they were tipped off to Minor's activities by a 12-year-old boy who said he was changing clothes in a bathroom stall at the Andover YMCA when he noticed a hand come over the top of the stall holding a wristwatch. The boy said it appeared that the person holding it was pointing it at him.

The boy exited his stall and was able to observe the person in the stall next to him, an overweight white male wearing green shorts, a grey shirt and socks pulled up high.

Police and officials at the YMCA were notified about the incident and were able to identify minor. A search warrant was drawn up and executed at the suspect's home, which he shares with his parents. Police located a watch with video and still camera capabilities,

Investigators also searched a computer and an external hard drive that contained video clips of naked young boys naked in the YMCA locker room, clips that also contain the image of Minor shooting video with the watch camera.

Also on the drives were thousands of videos and still images of naked pubescent boys engaged in sexual acts.

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