Former coach to plead guilty in child pornography, firearms cases in Swift County
BENSON -- A former Benson hockey coach has entered a petition to plead guilty to four charges of soliciting and possessing child pornography. Bradley Christopher Alsaker, 34, also petitioned to plead guilty to one firearms count in a separate cas...
BENSON - A former Benson hockey coach has entered a petition to plead guilty to four charges of soliciting and possessing child pornography.
Bradley Christopher Alsaker, 34, also petitioned to plead guilty to one firearms count in a separate case.
Alsaker appeared Friday in Swift County District Court.
He was charged more than a year ago with one count of soliciting sex with a minor through electronic communication, one count of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor through electronic communication, and 11 counts of possessing child pornography.
Alsaker was arrested following an undercover operation involving a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension special agent posing as an underage girl. A search warrant subsequently executed at his Benson home uncovered a stash of videos depicting child pornography. Several firearms were also found.
In the petition submitted Friday, he agreed to plead guilty to one count of soliciting sex online with a minor, one count of engaging in sexual conduct online with a minor and two counts of possessing child pornography. The remaining eight counts will be dismissed.
According to documents filed with the court, the petition is based on an expectation that sentencing guidelines will result in a stay of execution, meaning Alsaker will not go to prison. If he is sentenced to prison time, the plea agreement will become void.
Additional provisions of the agreement call for 120 days of jail time as a condition of probation and a psychosexual evaluation by an independent forensic psychologist.
In the separate firearms case, Alsaker agreed to plead guilty to one count of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a crime. He has previous convictions for domestic assault and criminal sexual conduct.
Two additional counts in the case, negligent storage of a firearm and child endangerment, will be dismissed under the terms of the agreement, which also calls for a stay of adjudication and 120 days in jail, to be served concurrently with the child pornography case.
Under a stay of adjudication, no conviction for the firearm possession will appear on his record provided he complies with all conditions of the sentence.
Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 7.
Alsaker is a former rink manager and hockey coach in Benson and was on the board of the Benson Hockey Association at the time of his arrest a year ago. The Swift County Monitor News reported last summer that the Benson Hockey Association, Morris Hockey Association, and Morris-Benson Hockey Association had terminated his employment.