Farmington man charged for incidents in which he showed children pornographic photosA 30-year-old Farmington man has been charged with four separate counts of criminal sexual conduct involving children. According to Dakota County attorney James Backstrom, charges against Adam Eugene Berg, 30, stem from at least four attempts to either expose himself to children or lure children for the purpose of his sexual gratification.
By: Michelle Leonard, The Farmington Independent
A 30-year-old Farmington man has been charged with four separate counts of criminal sexual conduct involving children.
According to Dakota County attorney James Backstrom, charges against Adam Eugene Berg, 30, stem from at least four attempts to either expose himself to children or lure children for the purpose of his sexual gratification.
On Monday, Farmington police received two reports that a bald man with a tattoo had pulled up in a pickup truck and called kids over to talk to him. Police said when the kids approached the truck, the man showed them pornographic images on his cell phone and then made questionable comments to the kids.
The kids, 8 to 10 years old, gave consistent descriptions of both the man and the truck he was driving -- a gray or tan pickup with an American flag and eagle covering the back window.
Berg was arrested after Farmington officers spotted a vehicle matching that description in an east Farmington neighborhood. At the time, police chief Brian Lindquist said, the truck was being driven by the owner’s wife. Officers questioned the wife, who said it was her husband’s vehicle.
Officers then went to the Bergs’ home. They asked him to come to the police department for questioning. He obliged and answered questions, Lindquist said. He was taken into custody and was brought to the Dakota County Jail in Hastings.
Additional reports surface
Since investigating Monday’s attempts, Farmington police have added two more reports against Berg. The first was originally made Jan. 16, after a 4-year-old in a park was approached by a man who was exposing himself and asking if the boy would like to touch him, according to the complaint against Berg. The boy’s mother was nearby and saw the man speaking to her son. The man left when she approached.
Again on Feb. 13, a man in a truck approached an 8-year-old girl playing outside her home. “He exposed himself and asked if she would like to touch him,” the complaint reads.
According to the complaint, Berg admitted to exposing himself to children on at least three occasions, and to possessing pornography on his cell phone. He admitted to displaying those images to children.
Berg appeared in Dakota County court Thursday afternoon. His bail was set at $30,000. Berg has been released.
If he is released Berg is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with children under 18, and is barred from parks or school campuses. He cannot be in possession of pornographic images.
An omnibus hearing for Berg was set for April 2.
According to Lindquist, Farmington police believe there may be other victims or witnesses involved in Berg’s case. If so, those individuals are asked to contact the Farmington Police Department at 651-280-6700.