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Minnesota man charged for online solicitation

Sex crimes involving children are very sensitive issues, so it's not surprising that law enforcement officials go to great lengths to charge and convict people for intending to commit such acts. People frequently hear of serious efforts to catch individuals soliciting sexual acts through online sting operations. As a result of such an investigation, police are now bringing criminal charges against a central Minnesota man for making inappropriate interaction with a minor.

One 23-year-old man was extradited from Minnesota after being caught up in an online sting operation. For a period of a couple months, the man apparently was making contact with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. He tried to convince the girl to engage in inappropriate behavior. Now, the man is facing felony charges for attempted sexual misconduct with a minor child. These charges carry serious weight.

In the course of the investigation targeting this man, members of a cyber crime task force assumed the identity of a young girl in order to fool the man. Eventually, investigators traced the communications back to a Minnesota home. Law enforcement officials will often use these types of tactics to catch people for online solicitation.

The use of Internet sting operations raises the importance of having a competent defense attorney. Because sting operations are complex in nature, it is important that law enforcement officials do not violate the rights of those they are investigating. This type of case raises potentially thorny legal issues, so it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel to make sure your rights are protected.

If this man is convicted on these felony charges, he will be facing very serious penalties. Even if he is found not guilty in the course of the trial, he will forever face the stigma of being accused of these crimes.

Source: The Cannon Falls Beacon, "CF man charged in cyber sex case," Ken Haggerty, Feb. 16, 2012

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