Former high school paraprofessional pleads guilty to child sexual extortion scheme

MINNEAPOLIS — A former high school paraprofessional from Coon Rapids pleaded guilty to a sexual extortion scheme targeting minors, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Glen Anderson, 24, was charged with two counts of producing child pornography, one count of molesting a minor, and one count of interstate communications for the purpose of extortion.

According to court documents, Anderson used several internet apps and social media accounts to email, share files and communicate with minors, including Snapchat and Grindr.

Anderson owned and administered an online gaming forum where users were required to submit an application that included the user’s age. Anderson used his position as forum administrator to train minors to produce and engage in child pornography.

Anderson provided minors with in-game perks, perks, and other gifts in exchange for sexually explicit acts.

In one example presented by the court, Anderson coerced a 13-year-old victim into sexual acts in order to create images and videos. Anderson later threatened to release these sexually explicit images if the victim did not respond to his demands.

Anderson’s sentencing hearing will take place on October 25, 2022.