A Farmington man has pleaded guilty to exposing himself to children in Farmington and attempting to lure children for his own sexual gratification.
Adam Eugene Berg, 31, pleaded guilty Oct. 30 to one count of attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, and three gross misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to court documents, Berg exposed himself and approached children in Farmington between Jan. 16 and Feb. 27.
On Jan. 16, police received a report of Berg exposing himself to a 4-year-old boy playing in a park and asking if the child would like to touch him. The child’s mother was nearby and saw Berg speaking to her son; when she approached, Berg left.
On Feb. 13, Berg approached an 8-year-old girl playing outside her home, exposed himself and again asked if the child would like to touch him.
Two incidents were reported on Feb. 27. In the first one, Berg approached a 10-year-old girl walking toward a park and showed her a cell-phone photo of a naked woman. Later that day, Berg approached two boys, ages 9 and 12, in the driveway of a Farmington home and held up his cell phone, which showed a photo of female genitalia.
The boys’ father saw his sons speaking to Berg and provided Farmington police with a detailed description of his pickup truck. Police traced the truck to Berg, who admitted that he had exposed himself to children and that he had displayed pornographic images on his cell phone to children.
“Attempting to lure children for purposes of sexual gratification, as was done in these instances, is extremely alarming behavior,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement. “The emotional trauma these children suffered was significant, but we are grateful that Adam Berg was apprehended before any child suffered actual sexual abuse.”
Berg will be sentenced Jan. 15 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings. He is free on bond pending his sentencing hearing.