Willmar man sentenced to probation for filming juvenile in shower, 12-month prison sentence stayed
Rhett Porter Lundgren, 45, of Willmar, was sentenced to jail and probation, with a stayed 12-month prison sentence, after he pleaded guilty to filming a teenager in the shower.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Nov. 22 in Kandiyohi County District Court to serve 90 days in jail and be on probation for the next four years for filming a 15-year-old female in the shower without her knowledge last year. A 12-month prison sentence was stayed for four years.
Rhett Porter Lundgren, 45, pleaded guilty in October to felony interference with the privacy of a minor under 18 as part of a plea agreement. He was initially charged with four felony counts of interference with privacy.
Lundgren was sentenced to serve three separate 30-day stints in the Kandiyohi County Jail starting Dec. 10, 2021; July 1, 2022; and Dec. 16, 2022.
District Judge Stephen Wentzell wrote in his sentencing order that those jail terms may be deferred if Lundgren is compliant with conditions of his probation and upon written recommendations from probation.
Lundgren was ordered to have no contact with the victim, not to have unsupervised contact with persons under 18, register as a predatory offender, undergo a psychological-sexual evaluation and continue with mental health programming.
According to the criminal complaint, Lundgren told law enforcement that he had filmed the girl with a GoPro camera he had set up in the bathroom in the home where they both lived. He also told law enforcement he had been doing so for months and that he knew it was wrong.
A search warrant for Lundgren's GoPro found 1,048 images of the juvenile in the bathroom, both nude and partially dressed. A tablet computer law enforcement searched also contained 262 images that had been downloaded to the device from the GoPro application.
The juvenile initially found the camera hidden in a bathrobe in November of 2020. After securing the camera, the juvenile hid it under a recycling bin where it was retrieved and provided to law enforcement. She told law enforcement that she had noticed the camera sticking out of a robe for a couple of months and that she was sure Lundgren was the one who set up the camera.
"She explained that she would suspect the camera to be showing up after finding it popping up every now and then, so she would look through the bathroom throughout the day and it wouldn’t be there. Lundgren would go into the bathroom right before she showered, and she would find it set up afterwards," reads part of the complaint.
The juvenile's mother also gave law enforcement two other tablets belonging to Lundgren. Neither contained images of the juvenile, but one showed a search history for various spy or hidden cameras.