SEVERE WX : Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe Thunderstorm Warning View Alerts

Dodge County Sheriff responds to memory card controversy

Newspaper publisher's card was taken after he photographed the scene of a child's drowning.

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 8:00 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 4:35 PM

MANTORVILLE, Minn. – Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose has issued a public statement about a media controversy that developed after a tragic drowning.

A seven-year-old child drowned in Naylor Pond on July 17. While investigating the incident, law enforcement confiscated the camera memory card from Star Herald newspaper publisher Larry Dobson. After reviewing the images stored on the memory card, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office returned it to Dobson.

On Thursday, Sheriff Rose issued a statement to the media and posted it to the Facebook page of the Sheriff’s Office to “correct some of the discrepancies that have been posted and printed by Mr. Dobson.”

Sheriff Rose says the camera memory card was confiscated because Dobson was found at the scene of a potential crime. When it happened, Rose says they had not yet determined what had happened to the child and needed to protect the integrity of the investigation.  Rose says they also wanted to prevent inappropriate photos of the child being recovered from the water from appearing online or in the Star Herald newspaper.

It was eventually determined the child's death was due to an accidental drowning.

Sheriff Rose says Dobson has claimed he took the photos in a public area but the images on the memory card show that he knew he had entered a law enforcement-controlled scene.

Dobson has stated that when he went to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on July 27 to retrieve his memory card, deputies told him Sheriff Rose was out of town. Rose says courthouse security video shows Dobson only being told “he’s not here today” in regards to Rose. The Sheriff says he was at the Dodge County Fair, helping with preparations for the opening ceremony. Sheriff Rose also says the security video shows that Dobson was never ordered to leave the courthouse at any time.

Sheriff Rose says it is also untrue that the Dodge County Independent or its staff had anything to do with the decision to seize Dobson’s camera memory card.

In addition, Sheriff Rose says Dobson contacted his office in a “threatening manner,” had an attorney contact him and threaten a lawsuit, and used the days after the drowning to “attack me, our Office, and the Dodge County Attorney’s Office in his newspapers, his connections to other newspapers, social media, and on television.”

Sheriff Rose says their first responsibility in this incident was to the child and the child’s family and to ensure the search and recovery was done in safety and privacy. He also says no criminal charges will be filed against Dobson for entering a controlled scene. Sheriff Rose says “Larry has been very supportive of our Office and local law enforcement. We hope that support will continue. Larry is surrounded by a great staff and we hope our relationship can continue to grow.”

For previous coverage of this story, click here, here, and here.

Sheriff's Rose full statement is below.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 26273

Reported Deaths: 1126
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin8867641
Ramsey3252140
Stearns205014
Nobles15625
Anoka148878
Dakota141464
Washington68034
Olmsted67211
Kandiyohi5111
Rice4833
Scott4602
Clay44129
Mower4062
Wright3392
Todd3361
Sherburne2482
Carver2322
Benton1823
Steele1670
Blue Earth1480
Freeborn1420
Martin1325
St. Louis11814
Pine930
Nicollet8811
Lyon811
Winona8015
Cottonwood790
Watonwan780
Crow Wing774
Unassigned7511
Carlton750
Otter Tail730
Goodhue715
Chisago641
Polk612
Itasca5610
Dodge530
Chippewa521
Morrison480
Le Sueur461
Meeker460
Douglas450
Becker430
Jackson420
Murray400
McLeod390
Isanti360
Waseca270
Pennington230
Rock230
Mille Lacs231
Faribault200
Swift190
Beltrami180
Wabasha180
Fillmore171
Sibley160
Brown162
Norman150
Pipestone120
Marshall120
Kanabec121
Wilkin113
Cass112
Aitkin110
Wadena100
Pope100
Koochiching90
Big Stone80
Redwood70
Renville70
Mahnomen61
Lincoln60
Yellow Medicine60
Grant40
Traverse40
Red Lake40
Lac qui Parle30
Clearwater30
Roseau30
Hubbard30
Houston20
Kittson10
Lake10
Stevens10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20767

Reported Deaths: 583
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk4541137
Woodbury283737
Black Hawk177548
Buena Vista9971
Linn97179
Dallas94025
Marshall91218
Wapello62814
Johnson6189
Muscatine56541
Crawford5472
Tama41029
Scott38010
Dubuque35521
Louisa34911
Pottawattamie31110
Sioux2980
Jasper26917
Wright2120
Washington1958
Warren1661
Plymouth1462
Story1261
Allamakee1204
Mahaska9912
Poweshiek928
Henry722
Bremer706
Boone700
Des Moines671
Clarke660
Clinton651
Taylor640
Webster621
Hamilton610
Guthrie543
Cedar491
Benton431
Monroe415
Shelby370
Cherokee370
Jones370
Jefferson350
Marion350
Osceola340
Clayton343
Cerro Gordo331
Iowa330
Dickinson330
Buchanan330
Madison292
Lee290
Fayette280
Sac280
Davis280
Harrison260
Monona250
Clay250
Lyon240
Winneshiek240
Emmet240
Lucas222
Hardin210
Grundy200
Mills200
Delaware191
Humboldt191
Floyd191
Franklin170
Appanoose173
Hancock160
Butler161
Ida150
Greene150
Pocahontas150
Page140
Kossuth140
Keokuk140
Audubon131
Jackson130
Carroll130
Chickasaw130
Howard120
Cass120
Winnebago110
Montgomery91
Adair90
Union90
Van Buren90
Adams70
Palo Alto70
Calhoun60
Ringgold40
Mitchell40
Fremont40
Worth30
Wayne10
Decatur10
Unassigned00
Rochester
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 68°
Mason City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 70°
Albert Lea
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Another round of severe weather tonight
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise

Image

Becoming a better ally

Image

Giving your best

Image

Coronavirus attacking your blood vessels?

Image

Young Protester's impact on police reform

Image

How important are school resource officers?

Image

bri first at 4

Image

Graffiti on Rochester trail

Image

Expedited breast cancer treatment

Image

Stock market makes a comeback

Community Events