A Wadena man has been arrested for allegedly taking videos of minors engaged in sexual acts.

After a week-long investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office charged 66 year old Lawrence Eldon Reiling of Wadena.

A search of Reiling's home in Wadena resulted in the seizure of electronic devices, which were forensically downloaded. Those downloads were visually depicting images of minors, in prohibited sexual acts.

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On Wednesday (July 21), Reiling was taken into custody on a warrant, charging him with 24 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Each of the counts is a serious misdemeanor, and carry jail sentences, and an order to register on the state sex offender registry.

Reiling is currently being held in the Fayette County jail on $10,000 cash bond.
The investigation continues, and more charges are possible.


An inmate at the Fayette County jail faces more charges following a July 14th incident.
At about 8:30 that evening, Fayette County deputies attempted to serve a court order on 38 year old Erica Jo Slack of Tripoli.

Slack refused to follow jailers' orders, and assaulted the officer. Slack was then charged with interference with official acts. Slack was being held on previous charges regarding a convenience store theft, followed by a chase with authorities.


An Oelwein woman has been taken into custody on a valid Fayette County warrant and a Buchanan County warrant.

Shortly after 6pm Friday (July 16), a Fayette County deputy located and arrested 30 year old Vanessa Neeley, at a residence in Oelwein.

Neeley was wanted in Fayette County for Voluntary Absence from Custody, and in Buchanan County for Violation of Probation.

Neeley was held in the Fayette County jail on $2,000 bond.



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