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Olivia, Minnesota, police officer charged with felony harassment

Rebecca Anne Pieper, 40, of Louisville Township, has been a full-time police officer for the Olivia Police Department since July 6, 2021. She is accused of sending obscene packages to people involved in a child custody case.

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. — A police officer in Olivia, Minnesota, is accused of impersonating a man and sending obscene packages to the man's lawyer and to a judge who was presiding over a child custody case between the two.

Rebecca Anne Pieper, 40, of Louisville Township, appeared Oct. 22 in Scott County District Court, charged with felony harassment by false impersonation.

A complaint summons was filed Sept. 22, 2021.

District Judge Karen Duncan ordered Pieper released Oct. 22 on $3,000 bail or bond with conditions or release on her own recognizance provided she complete booking, remain law-abiding and have no contact with the victim with the exception of certain family events or emergencies.

Though Pieper is charged in Scott County, the case was sent to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office because the judge who received one of the packages is chambered in Scott County, which represents a conflict, said Ramsey County Public Information Officer Dennis Gerhardstein.

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According to the Scott County criminal complaint:

On Jan. 27, 2020, a First Judicial District Court judge, who was presiding over a child custody case involving Pieper and the man, received an anonymous package at her home. When the judge opened the box, she saw the words "Eat A D---" printed inside and "a large chocolate item molded in the shape of male genitalia."

The man's attorney also received a similar anonymous package around the same time.

On Jan. 31, 2020, the judge received a letter that read "I am asking that you take a major step in my case, impose action, and you will get $5,000.00 cash." The letter was signed in the man's name in typed characters.

A fingerprint analysis of the letter by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found a match to Pieper's left thumbprint.

A search warrant of Pieper's credit card turned up two January purchases from two different websites that offer sexually oriented gag gifts. An investigator went on both sites and confirmed the prices were a match for the two packages.

Both websites used the same third-party company for shipping, the company from which both the judge and the man's lawyer received packages.

Investigators later discovered that Pieper's sister's ex-boyfriend received an envelope with some pills and a letter that said "I have a business deal for you, 100.00 each but 1 sample and the cash in the fuel door of my truck for more." That letter was also "signed" by the man with whom Pieper was in the custody dispute.

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Investigators found several similarities between that envelope and the ones sent previously.

The sister's ex-boyfriend also told law enforcement that Pieper had approached him and asked if he knew anyone to set up or "frame" the man.

Pieper declined to be interviewed by police.

Pieper has been working full-time with the Olivia Police Department since July 6, 2021. She previously had worked on the department's on-call and part-time roster since June 2020.

In 2017 she was also employed as an officer by the Danube Police Department, according to information Pieper provided in an April 2017 petition for an order of protection that she filed against the same man she is now accused of impersonating. Pieper described him as an ex-boyfriend in the petition.

That petition was denied in May 2017 following a hearing.

According to Olivia City Administrator Dan Coughlin, Pieper has been on paid administrative leave from her job there since Oct. 14. Her leave status is not currently classified as disciplinary leave, according to Coughlin. He said he cannot provide the reason Pieper is on leave as that information is classified by Minnesota statute as private personnel data.

Pieper's next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 30.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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