Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Abuse of Foster Children

A Coon Rapids man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual abuse of his two foster children.

Joseph Leonard Larson, 34, pled guilty to two counts of First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, according to the Ramsey County District Court.

The two victims – who are now 17 and 23, were under Larson’s foster care when he was living in St. Paul.

The victim who is now 17 reported that Larson sexually abused him more than once between Aug. 27, 2003, and Jan. 1, 2006.

The second victim reported that Larson sexually abused him in 2003.

The case was investigated in February 2010 after one of the boys told an employee of Alpha Human Services that Larson had abused him while living under Larson’s care.

A background search on Larson revealed a 2004 report that Larson’s Visa card and Mastercard were used to purchase access to websites containing child pornography in 2002 and 2003. Officers came to Larson’s home in January of 2005 and questioned him about the report, but Larson claimed his identity had been stolen.

In February 2010, the investigator obtained search warrants to search Larson’s computer, which was then seized, and Larson was taken into custody. Investigation shows that thousands of images of child pornography were found.

Larson was living at 9772 Larch Avenue in Coon Rapids in February 2010.