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Benson man faces weapons charges in second case

BENSON — A Benson man facing felony charges for allegedly attempting to solicit a child for sex over the internet also faces separate charges for weapons possession.

On the day he was charged in Swift County District Court in the internet case, agents with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Benson police officers executed a search warrant at the Benson home of Bradley Christopher Alsaker, 33.

According to allegations in a criminal complaint, they seized what they believe were three fragment grenades; five unknown explosive devices inside a military-style ammunition container; a loaded, Kimber .45-caliber handgun; a 5.56x.223 caliber AR-style rifle with a loaded magazine next to it; and a loaded Bersa .380 handgun with a loaded magazine next to it.

The weapons and explosive devices were believed to be unlocked and accessible, found in locations including a nightstand drawer, under clothing on top of a dresser, in a kitchen cabinet, and under clothing on a basement couch.

Alsaker is the custodian of two children under age 12 who live in the home and were home alone when Alsaker had been taken into custody on the internet solicitation charges.

The search led to the filing June 9 of a felony charge of possess ammunition/any firearm with a prior conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence; and two gross misdemeanor charges for negligent storage of loaded firearms where children can access and endangerment of child by firearm access.

Alsaker has a prior adjudication of delinquency for second-degree assault, a crime of violence, the complaint states, which prevents him from legally possessing firearms.

He was charged in the internet case with two felony counts: soliciting for sexual conduct a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communications and engaging in electronic communications relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

He allegedly sent text messages seeking sexual intercourse to a BCA agent posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Alsaker has served as rink manager and hockey coach in Benson, and was listed as a member of the Benson Hockey Association board on the organization's website. The Swift County Monitor News reported Wednesday that the Benson Hockey Association, Morris Hockey Association, and Morris-Benson Hockey Association issued a joint statement terminating Alsaker's employment and reporting that Minnesota and USA Hockey have banned him from all Minnesota ice facilities.

According to court records, along with the juvenile second-degree assault charge, Alsaker has a 2008 conviction for domestic assault and a 2006 conviction for criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree, non-consensual contact.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 1 for a hearing to determine if probable cause exists for the charges in the two cases.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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