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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Three Years to Charge Cottage Grove Man Caught with "Library" of Child Rape Videos and Child Porn, No Jail Time Likely

Randy Carl Rappe, age 66, birth date 07/02/1951, was found by FBI and BCA to have dozens of child porn files on a file sharing site. They notified Cottage Grove police who went to his home within the Woodland Park Apartments in Cottage Grove. This was over three years ago in May of 2014. As you read on you may be outraged that this danger to society was left THREE years without being charged. He'll remain free as it's typically another year until conviction, which as you'll also find is of little consequence. Last year the County took 6 months to charge Timothy Pierre of Oakdale for sexually assaulting a 7 and 9 year old multiple times. 

See other articles warning you of released sex offenders in our area: http://wcwatchdog.com/local-sex-offender-articles/

What's worse is the WEAK sentence that awaits Randy Rappe (if convicted) like all Child porn convicts past and present in MN. That is, just probation after only a month or two in jail! In January, William Mcginnis, of May Township in Washington County was convicted of four counts of child porn and only got 10 years
Randy Rappe
probation and a weak 5 years on the sex offender registry
. He was initially charged with 9 counts of child porn for having over 70 videos of child porn. His conviction took FOUR years! Not that it matters because he's on the streets again and his address is hidden on the offender registry in MN. Through it all he only served 60 days in jail. see: www.countrymessenger.com/news/man-sentenced-in-may-township-child-pornography-case

On the surface the law seems adequate. Each child porn conviction states in the law the penalty is up to 5 years in Jail and $5,000 for each offense in MN Statute 617.247.4(a); but that's never what comes close to happening, as you've just read. More here: Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update

Knowing the criminals never face anywhere close to the penalty stated in the law, why do prosecutors only charge for a few counts of child porn when dozens and dozens of files are found? This would possibly add up to an actual penalty in all these cases. According to the criminal complaint, police found nearly 1,000 videos and pictures of child porn. He initially denied knowing the age of the children. But changed his story when the officers started listing off the titles of his files such as "Webcam 12-Year-Old Boys", "Two Young Boys Making Love", and "Eight-to-Ten-Year-Old Russian Flower".

Detectives state in the criminal complaint Rappe had a "card catalog listing videos in almost a library like fashion with a check-in and check-out. Defendant stated he had been trying to catalog all of his movies at one pointYet he's only charged with 7 counts of child porn?

The most horrifying fact of the case is at least a dozen of the videos Rappe downloaded showed children being violently raped, even infants. Often police will describe the content of the child porn they find in cases like this and the media always fails to adequately explain. Every piece is disturbing and should be remembered by law makers and the public that these men are not in possession material that was mistakenly downloaded or of people that could be considered consenting adults. 

If there's one conclusion to draw from the police descriptions of the child porn all these cases is that they are purely heinous and only the most twisted would collect such material. Yet in Minnesota we take Four years to prosecute them, give them a slap on the wrist, and send them back into society with only five to ten years on the sex offender registry that is hidden from the public. It's not all the County's fault, the pressure rests on law makers. 

It's time law makers do something to get justice and monitor these child predators for life. See:


DATE: 8/10/2017 
DEFENDANT: Randy Carl Rappe 
DOB: 7/2/1951 
CITY/RESIDENCE:
Woodland Park Apartments 
MN AGENCY: Cottage Grove Police Department 
CHARGE: 
I: Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn; 
II: Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn; 
III: Possess Pornographic WorkComputer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn; 
IV: Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn; 
V: Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn; 
VI: Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn; 
VII: Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn 

News story on him:
http://www.woodburybulletin.com/news/crime-and-courts/4315217-cottage-grove-man-charged-seven-counts-child-pornography

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