MANKATO — A man arrested last week after allegedly using his cellphone to show a pornographic video to a surprised couple has received several warnings from police since 2010.
A criminal complaint filed against 55-year-old Jeffrey Jay Swenson of North Mankato after his arrest Thursday includes charges for incidents dating back to January 2011. The 17 charges, all misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, include stalking, indecent exposure and exhibiting obscene material.
A North Mankato police officer was first warned about Swenson’s behavior in April 2010, according to a criminal complaint filed against Swenson in Blue Earth County District Court. A Le Sueur police officer called North Mankato police to report Swenson had been at a wayside rest off Highway 169 in Le Sueur on April 6, 2010, when he approached another male and asked for sex.
In May 2010, Swenson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for that incident. He was fined $180 and paid another $80 in court fees.
The North Mankato officer who was contacted by the Le Sueur officer reported he ran across Swenson at the Happy Chef restaurant off Highway 169 on March 31, 2012. The officer was at the restaurant on break when an employee at the gas station next door stopped in to report a truck driver had complained about a man, later identified as Swenson, who was parked in the area. The truck driver reported Swenson had been holding up a hand-written sign asking for oral sex and playing pornographic videos on a cellphone.
When Swenson was confronted by the officer at about 10:30 p.m., he said he was waiting for his brother. He denied holding up the sign or watching videos. The officer told Swenson he was no longer welcome on the property and would be charged with trespassing if he returned, the complaint said.
A Mankato police officer was sent to the gas station at about 8:50 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2012. A truck driver who had spent the night at the gas station was upset and reported he had seen a man in a vehicle watching pornography, masturbating and attempting to solicit sex from him.