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Friday, January 28, 2022

Red Lake Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS – A Red Lake man has pleaded guilty to possessing images depicting the sexual abuse of children, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats.

According to court documents, on March 7, 2020, following a traffic stop, Bobby Lee Donnell, Sr., 43, was arrested by the Red Lake Police Department pursuant to an open warrant. After taking Donnell into custody, officers found on Donnell’s cell phone images of child sexual abuse involving minors under the age of 12.

Donnell pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright to one count of possession of child pornography. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan B. Gilead is prosecuting the case.

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Project Safe Childhood
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated January 28, 2022