Son of Hennepin County Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Soliciting a Child

Ryan James Stanek Photo: Blue Earth County
Ryan James Stanek

March 13, 2018 04:48 PM

The son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has pleaded guilty to one charge after authorities say he attempted to solicit a child.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan James Stanek pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct. Stanek had also been charged with soliciting a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct, engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child and possession of child pornography, but those charges have been dismissed.


He is expected to be sentenced to May 30.

The complaint says the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was contacted by the Sibley County Sheriff's Office regarding a complaint from a father whose adult daughter was receiving messages from Stanek.

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Stanek allegedly asked the woman to locate other females on social media for the purpose of "engaging in a sexual encounter." The complaint states Stanek went on to ask the woman for nude photos and asked her to find girls between the ages of 8 and 17 to send him nude photos as well.

At one point, the girl reportedly sent Stanek a non-sexual photo of a 14-year-old family member. According to the complaint, Stanek said he would like to have a sexual encounter with the woman's relative.

A BCA agent later took over the woman's device and continued to have conversations with Stanek. The BCA agent also made contact with Stanek acting as the woman's 14-year-old cousin.

Stanek and the BCA allegedly eventually set up a time to meet at the River Hills Mall in Mankato.

Stanek was arrested by law enforcement on May 19 as he drove his truck to the meeting place.

During a search of Stanek's phone, officers reported finding what appeared to be child pornography.

Following his son's arrest, Richard Stanek said his son is an adult and accountable for his own actions.


Ben Rodgers

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