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Iowa man arrested for alleged luring of minor for sex

An Iowa man was arrested last Friday and charged with a felony in Grand Forks for allegedly trying to arrange sex with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Ryan William Baker, 33, of Coralville, Iowa, was in Grand Forks County when he posted an ad to Craigslist looking for sex. A criminal affidavit for the incident doesn't say whether Baker was looking for minors, stating his post had a heading "Fun in my truck?" and was seeking someone for sex.

But it was a female deputy from the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department who eventually answered the ad and, according to the affidavit, told Baker she was 14. The two spoke through email and text Thursday evening, during which time Baker told the deputy—who, at that time, he allegedly believed to be a teenager—about sexual acts he'd like the two of them to do.

They arranged a Friday meeting, for which the affidavit states the deputy "told Baker she would skip school after lunch," and agreed to see each other shortly before noon at a gas station on North Fifth Street.

Baker texted the deputy when he arrived at the meeting point in his vehicle and was promptly arrested there by another member of the Sheriff's Department. The affidavit states Baker admitted to officers that he was at the gas station to meet up for sex with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

He's now charged with the Class B felony of luring a minor by computer or other electronic means, with the difference in age between Baker and the supposed minor contributing to the severity of the charge.

Baker was issued bail of $100,000 and was ordered to have no contact with minors. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16 at Grand Forks County District Court.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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