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Valley City man arrested on charges involving text messages sent to juvenile

A Valley City man was arrested Thursday after an investigation involving text messages of a sexual nature sent to a juvenile.

Chris Joseph Kinney, 46, of Valley City, was charged with luring a minor by computer or electronic device, a Class C felony, and corruption or solicitation of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, Thursday in Valley City.

On Wednesday, a juvenile told a social worker that he or she had received text messages of a sexual nature, and the social worker told the Valley City Police Department, which started an investigation.

According to the VCPD, a review of the texts showed the suspect was trying to engage the juvenile in sexual acts, requesting a meeting. The VCPD and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation continued the text conversation and arranged a meeting, arresting the suspect when he showed up.

The investigation is continuing as it is possible that there are additional victims. Anyone with any information on the case should call (701) 845-3110.

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