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2 more men face child solicitation charges in undercover operation: Baxter man has previous convictions

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Douglas Odegard, Eddie Alejandra Aquino Reynoso

Two more men -- a 53-year-old Baxter man and a 19-year-old Long Prairie man -- were charged Friday, Aug. 16, in a Brainerd courtroom with felony child solicitation with the intention of engaging in sexual conduct.

The two join three other men charged last week as a result of a law enforcement undercover chat sting operation. In all five cases, a law enforcement officer posed as a 14-year-old persona and communicated with the defendants.

Charged Friday were Eddy Alejandro Aquino Reynoso, 19, Long Prairie, and Douglas Arnold Odegard, 53, Baxter.

All five defendants made their first appearance in front of Judge Patricia A. Aanes in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd.

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Eddy Alejandra Aquino Reynoso
Eddy Alejandra Aquino Reynoso // Crow Wing County Jail

According to the criminal complaint filed against Reynoso, law enforcement conducted a proactive undercover chat operation Aug. 14. As part of the operation an investigator, passing as a 14-year-old, communicated with Reynoso via an internet app. The conversation began as a group chat, but then the defendant began a one-on-one chat with the persona. During the conversation, Reynoso stated he was 19 and the persona stated she was 14. Reynoso asked the persona if she was "freaky" and if she would perform a sexual act. He made arrangements to meet at a pre-arranged location in Brainerd. He drove from Long Prairie and upon arrival at the designated location, he was arrested. Reynoso admitted to law enforcement he arrived at the location with the intent of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl.

Reynoso was charged with soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct-a prohibited act; soliciting a child or believing to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct; and engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

Douglas Odegard
Douglas Odegard

The undercover chat operation with Odegard occured Aug. 13, again using a 14-year-old persona via an internet app. Almost immediately in the conversation, the defendant asked if the persona was on birth control, at which point the officer posing as the girl stated she was 14. He again asked if persona was on birth control and when the persona stated "not yet," he asked her if she was willing to "risk it?" The persona asked the defendant if he had "protection" to which he replied, "I always have protection if I have sex."

Over the course of the next 26 hours the conversation continued and was centered around discussion of the defendant and persona meeting to have sexual contact, the use of condoms and possible pregnancy of persona. During the conversation Odegard appeared to be worried that the persona could be an undercover agent and repeatedly made requests for persona to take and send very specific selfie images in an attempt to ensure he was actually communicating with a 14-year-old girl, the complaint stated.

Law enforcement arrested Odegard at his residence. Following his arrest, he wrote an apology letter to the undercover profile, believing it to be an actual girl, wherein he apologized for talking to her sexually.

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Odegard was charged with soliciting a child or believing to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct; and engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

Previously, Odegard was convicted for third-degree criminal sexual conduct in October 2002 in Dakota County and in November 2002 in Crow Wing County, both involving minor females approximately the same age as the persona in the current criminal case. In the Crow Wing County case, Odegard was sentenced to 23 months prison.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the undercover operation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division and the Nisswa, Brainerd and Baxter police departments.

“I’m extremely saddened to learn that members of our communities were actively attempting to prey upon children,” Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard said in a news release. “I want the citizens of Crow Wing County to know that my office has a very aggressive stance of this type of predatory behavior and I am very pleased with my investigators and those who provided my office with the assistance to stop these predators before they succeed in harming anyone. We will continue to tirelessly pursue anyone suspected of this type of behavior.”

Charged on Thursday were: William Anthony Desrocher, 23, Brainerd; Mark Joshua Allan Ridlon, 34, Ironton; and Danny Lee Schroeder, 33, Brainerd.

As of Tuesday, Odegard and Reynoso were no longer in the Crow Wing County Jail. Reynoso’s next court appearance was scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 15 and Odegard’s next court appearance was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28.

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