Charges: Minnesota State Trooper took woman's cell phone, sent her nude photos to himself
He has been charged with felony stalking.
BY MELISSA TURTINEN , JUN 23, 2020
Minnesota State Patrol
A Minnesota State Trooper is accused of taking a woman's cell phone and sending himself her private nude photos.
Albert Kuehne, 36, of Dayton, is charged with two counts of stalking with bias. The bias comes from the victim being a woman, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday.
His first court appearance is scheduled for July 15.
According to the criminal complaint, Kuehne was working a single-car crash at Interstate 94 and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis on March 25 in which he had detained the 25-year-old woman driver because he suspected she may have been drunk.
The woman was ultimately taken to the hospital, where she was treated and released, court documents say.
When she got home, her boyfriend was using her laptop, which is linked to her cell phone. The laptop records showed the woman's phone was accessed and nude photos of her were sent from her phone to an unknown number, the complaint says. The phone messages had been deleted.
Her boyfriend called the phone number and the person who answered eventually identified himself as Kuehne, the complaint states. The woman called a lawyer, who reported the incident to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which began to investigate.
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Squad video from the night of March 25 shows Kuehne leading the woman to his squad car. Along the way, the woman took out her phone and when he realized that, he demanded that she give it to him, the complaint says. Cell phone records show photos were sent from the woman's phone at 4:44 and the squad video showed Kuehne alone in his vehicle at that time while paramedics treated the woman.
Investigators, via a search warrant, seized Kuehne's phone. On it, they found three pictures of the woman, the complaint states.
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