Minnesota residents may be interested to learn that two men, both of whom were arrested in Bemidji as result of online stings, received sentences for sex crimes. Both of the rulings occurred on August 9.

One of the defendants, a 41-year-old man from Littlefork, was found guilty on June 29 in a jury trial. He was convicted of one count of soliciting a child or someone who was perceived to be a child by using electronic communication to take part in sexual conduct. He was also convicted of one count of taking part in electronic communication that pertained to sexual behavior with a child. The sentence he received was three years in prison, with credit for the 195 days he had spent incarcerated since his arrest.

The man had responded to a Craigslist ad that was posted by an agent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who was acting undercover. Once a response was received from the man, the undercover agent played the role of a girl who was 15 years old.

The other man, a 54-year-old Deer River resident, also responded to a Craigslist ad. A police detective in Bemidji played the part of an underage boy and engaged in a sexually explicit conversation with the perpetrator. Both parties agreed to meet in Bemidji, where the perpetrator was arrested. On June 27, the man entered a guilty plea for one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

An attorney who practices criminal law may advise clients who have been assessed criminal sex charges about their legal options. The attorney may consider the facts of the case and recommend engaging in negotiations to reduce charges and penalties. Litigation could be used to contest charges related to sex crimes and to pursue an acquittal during trial.