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Man charged with taking inappropriate photos young girls

An observant parent who had a bad feeling about another patron at the Robert Trail Library last month led Rosemount police to a 38-year-old man with a camera filled with surreptitiously taken photos of young girls.

Police first had contact with Dean Kenneth Lindo June 12 after receiving a report of a suspicious individual. When police arrived at the library they were given a camera and a cell phone taken from an individual later identified as Lindo.

The camera's flash was mostly covered with electrical tape.

A library patron told police he'd been suspicious of Lindo when he saw him and, as he left, saw Lindo take his hands from under the table holding a camera and a cell phone. He asked for the items, then turned them over to a library employee and called 911.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office the camera's memory card held 675 photos, nearly all focused on the underwear and inner thighs of girls who appeared to be 5 to 12 years old. The cell phone had 23 photos, most of which were of a similar nature. The photos appeared to have been taken in locations that included a private home, the library and the Minnesota Zoo.

Police identified three specific individuals in the photos. One was a 10-year-old girl whose picture Lindo appears to have taken from under a table at the library. One is a 5-year-old girl who lives in Lindo's neighborhood. The third was a 3-year-old who Lindo had offered to watch for 15 minutes while her mother ran an errand.

Lindo declined to make a statement to police when he was arrested. He has been charged with five counts of interference with privacy, each of which carries a potential sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000.