No plea deals? Wow, thats a rarity here in Cartoon County….of course, no jail time either and a felony will drop to a misdemeanor…..oh, yeah, and a dropped charge. Has anyone in this county ever been prosecuted for everything he or she was originally charged with?

Two sentenced in MSOP bribery case
By Jana Peterson Today at 12:20 p.m.

Two men charged with felony bribery at the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake have been sentenced in a case that involved a client paying an employee $3,000 to smuggle in a cell phone. Cell phones are considered contraband items at the MSOP facility and MSOP clients are prohibited from having them.

In October, Judge Leslie Beiers found MSOP client Arthur Senty-Haugen guilty of bribery of a public official in Carlton County Court through a Lothenbach procedure, according to Assistant Carlton County Attorney Jesse Berglund, who prosecuted the case. He explained that the court basically held a trial on “stipulated facts,” or state’s evidence, which preserved Senty-Haugan’s right to appeal.

Last Wednesday in Carlton County Court, security counselor Andrew Barret Rock, 27, of Moose Lake pleaded guilty, without a plea deal, which meant the prosecution and defense argued the sentencing in front of Judge Robert Macaulay. The judge stayed a sentence of a year and a day in prison, and also sentenced Rock to three years probation, 30 days in jail or 60 days with electronic monitoring, a $1,500 fine and to follow any recommendations from a chemical use assessment, among other things. A charge of misconduct of a public official was dismissed

“From the state’s perspective, this was an important case and I’m glad we got a conviction on Mr. Rock,” Berglund said. “MSOP is a secure facility and bringing in contraband such as a cell phone is extremely dangerous. Cell phones (the smuggled phone was a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with internet capability) can be used to victimize people — past and new victims — on the outside or even plan an escape, so it’s very dangerous.”

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation began in August 2014, after a security counselor doing random room checks observed what appeared to be a bright light coming from a cell phone in Senty-Haugen’s room.

Two officers then confronted Senty-Haugen, who denied having any device. A search of the room revealed a phone charger. Then when the client was being escorted to a high security area after alerting a medical detector, a Samsung S5 phone fell out of his pant leg.

A review of Senty-Haugen’s phone calls showed that he made arrangements with his parents about ordering the phone and eventually mailing it to Senty-Haugen’s contact.

A review of video showed Rock speaking with Senty-Haugen on Aug. 6, then going to a janitor’s closet and grabbing a bucket of cleaning supplies, and going to MSOP client Brandon Keith Benson’s room and giving him the bucket, which Benson gave to Senty-Haugen a short time later.

Messages on the phone document communications between Senty-Haugen and Rock, which involved the exchange of money.

On Sept. 11, 2014 Benson told a staff member how much it cost Senty-Haugen to get the phone into the facility ($3,000), in two payments of $1,500 each to a staff person, believed to be Rock.

On Sept. 12, 2014 MSOP managers interviewed Rock. According to the criminal complaint, he admitted that Benson approached him and offered money to bring in contraband, then Senty-Haugen specifically offered him $3,000 to bring in a cell phone. Rock allegedly admitted to bringing in the cell phone in a cleaning bucket and exchanging it with Benson.

Rock’s attorney, Andrew Poole, said Rock was “extremely remorseful for his conduct” throughout the court proceedings and acknowledged his guilt. Rock did not have a prior criminal record.

Poole said if Rock completes his sentence and probation successfully, the felony charge will be deemed a misdemeanor.

“He’s really grateful for that,” Poole said.

Senty-Haugen was sentenced to 26 months in prison in St. Cloud for the bribery charge, to be served concurrently with a sentence he was already serving with the Department of Corrections for credit card fraud. The bribery case is pending appeal, his attorney said.

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