Lakeville man arrested for attempting to lure minors over Craigslist
A Lakeville man was arrested and is being held in the Dakota County jail after he allegedly attempted to solicit sex with underage boys through Craigslist.
Robert Gregg Trummer, 49, faces two counts of solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual conduct after he made plans to meet an undercover cop posing as a 14-year-old boy at a Lakeville park, according to the criminal complaint. Police arrested Trummer at the park on March 28, finding in the man’s car beer, lotion and a cell phone, all in plain view. Police were able to track him down because of a phone and email exchange between Trummer and a boy who was 13 years old.
According to the complaint, the following occurred:
On Jan. 31, a Maple Grove parent called Maple Grove Police to report a man in a blue SUV driving slowly by the parent’s home. The man in the SUV was looking closely at the house as he drove by. Then he turned around and drove slowly by the house again, this time parking on the side of the road. The boy had been staying with his father, who had come home during the day to check on him.
Through an investigation, police learned the 13-year-old boy had been talking to an adult male and agreed to have the man come over to the house for sex. The boy said he had told the man he was 13, which the man thought was “cool.”
Investigators were able to identify a telephone number and IP address connected to a Craigslist post related to the boy and an unidentified man. Police determined that the IP address pointed to Trummer, who lives near the Farmington-Lakeville border.
Trummer’s posts centered on themes of “daddy looking for a ‘boi’ ” in the Casual Encounters section of the website. A boy whom Trummer believed to be 14 years old responded to the post with “hi… im a boy.” Trummer then responded as “rob greg” and provided an email address imploring the boy to “tell me more.”
An undercover cop posing as a 14-year-old responded with his physical characteristics, to which Trummer replied by asking for a photo. The boy obliged and indicated he was visiting his father over spring break. Trummer sent his own photo, which police confirmed through a comparison of said photo with Trummer’s drivers license.
There were more photos exchanged, along with explicit language pertaining to various sexual acts. The 14-year-old asked if he was too young, to which Trummer said he was not. The boy indicated he was nervous. Trummer replied that the boy could ask him questions. After a sexually explicit line of questioning, along with a photo sent of the boy in his swim trunks, Trummer and the boy agreed to meet.
Trummer told the boy the two could meet in his car at a park in Lakeville, where they could engage in various sexual acts. The phone number Trummer gave the boy matched one that called the 13-year-old Maple Grove boy’s house. Trummer told the 14-year-old that he would be driving a blue SUV and that he would recognize the boy. He also asked the boy to delete all their correspondence to be safe.
Surveillance of Trummer was initiated and officers observed him leave his home. Officers kept surveillance on Trummer as he entered the designated park in the aforementioned SUV. Trummer watched teenagers playing volleyball before he parked his car. Police then arrested him, finding him with the beer, lotion and phone.
The two counts each carry a maximum of three years in jail and/or fines of up to $5,000.