Posts Tagged ‘Pennington County News’

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on July 7, 2016, 10:04 P.M. CST

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today it will monitor the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, which occurred Wednesday in the Twin Cities.

The shooting will be investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Philando Castile

However, concerns about the BCA have been raised in connection with a rape cover-up that involved the BCA.

Write Into Action has acquired documents that show the BCA essentially conspired with officials in the judicial system to cover up the violent rape of a Minnesota teenager that became tangled up with a BCA drug informant.

The details are very disturbing.

Records show the Thief River Falls Police Department’s juvenile investigator, Ginger Alby, received a report from Assistant Pennington County Attorney Steve Moeller on April 6, 2015, that a teenage girl reported she had been repeatedly raped by Christopher Michael Seglem, 19.

Assistant Pennington County Attorney Steve Moeller

Assistant Pennington County Attorney Steve Moeller

In 2015, Seglem was a drug informant working with the BCA and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).

Seglem’s involvement with authorities captured headlines after he duped BCA Agent Ron Woolever and PCSO deputy Kurt Nelson by staging drug buys in the Thief River Falls area and then splitting thousands of dollars worth of drug-buy money with his co-conspirators.

According to police records, the teenage victim told police “Chris Seglem would force her to have sex with him. [The victim] stated he would hit her until she gave in. [The victim] also states this happened more than one time, couple times in his vehicle and 3-4 times at his residence.  [The victim] stated he would do such things like choke her, punch her in the face, and throw things at her such as Play Station III and computer monitor.”

The report goes onto to say Seglem showed the victim a gun he possessed and told her he would go after family.

Evidence shows agents knew Seglem was a career criminal.

Audio interviews between agents and Seglem show Woolever was absolutely livid after learning he had been fooled by Seglem and continuously berated Seglem for being a liar.

Seglem admitted to agents he had maliciously targeted specific people that he didn’t like so he could get them arrested on serious drug charges.


During the interview, Woolever angrily asks Seglem for any information he could give law enforcement that would keep him from going to jail for the scam he’d been running. Seglem then quickly told the agents he had information about a drug operation forming in Marshall County, Minnesota that involved illegal automatic weapons.

The agents clearly did not even believe him.


Woolever and Nelson then proceed to set up more controlled buys with Seglem; a completely discredited witness; just before shutting off the audio recorder.

According to a Pennington County insider, there is a growing concern in the Northern Minnesota community over the integrity of the BCA and other agencies.

“This is an agent with over 20 years of training, swindled by a kid, and still uses the kid to proceed with more investigation, even though this kid has lied during and about investigations already,” the insider told Write Into Action.

The case was an embarrassing disaster for officials.

On July 16, 2015 the Grand Forks Herald reported “Informant allegedly dupes BCA agents in several drug buys.”

On August 19, 2015, Seglem’s public defender, John D. Schmid emailed Prosecutor Moeller and offered that Seglem would plead guilty to specific charges involving “swindle”.

“All other counts and files would be dismissed and the State would agree not to charge any other matters presently under investigation,” Schmid said.

Seglem pled guilty and was never charged with the sexual assault of the minor.

Records from a Pre-Sentence Investigation of Seglem show he had a prior conviction in another state regarding sex with an underage girl.

Write Into Action is continuing to investigate this story.