Former US probation officer sentenced to prison for lying to FBI

Updated: August 13, 2019 07:15 PM

A Forest Lake man, who was a United States probation officer, was sentenced to prison Tuesday for lying to the FBI.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Dennis Edward Bresnahan, 56, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release after being convicted on two counts of making false statements or representations to an agency of the United States. He had pleaded guilty in March.


According to court documents and Bresnahan's guilty plea, for more than 25 years, and until Aug. 22, 2016, Bresnahan was a probation officer for the District of Minnesota. In his role, he was responsible for supervising and maintaining communication with defendants on federal pretrial and supervised release. As part of that role, he had access to personal information, including medical and financial records, addresses, and more.

Former probation officer pleads guilty to lying to FBI

Beginning in early 2015, Bresnahan began engaging in sexually inappropriate conduct with an individual under his supervision, including repeated phone and email discussions of a sexual nature, the attorney's office said.

Court documents and Bresnahan's plea indicate that on Aug. 22, 2016, FBI agents interviewed Bresnahan regarding his sexually inappropriate conduct. The attorney's office said Bresnahan admitted to engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior and receiving a sexually explicit photo, but said he hadn't asked for any other sexually explicit material and hadn't engaged in similar inappropriate behavior with any other probationers.

Further investigation revealed those were lies and Bresnahan had engaged in multiple email exchanges of a sexual nature with another person under his supervision from July 2013 until February 2014. It also revealed additional individuals previously supervised by Bresnahan since about 1994 with whom he was sexually inappropriate, the attorney's office said.

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