Most of the nine men caught during a February prostitution sting by Grand Forks and federal law enforcement were ordered to complete community service, while one 25-year-old man was sentenced Monday to two months in jail.
Jordon Michael LeDune, Grand Forks, was sentenced Monday to two months in jail, though the court allowed him to serve the time on electronic home monitoring, followed by one and a half years of probation.
LeDune pleaded guilty to corruption or solicitation of minors, a Class A misdemeanor, in Grand Forks District Court for responding to an escort advertisement posted by undercover officers on Backpage.com in February, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in court against LeDune.
The undercover officer told LeDune the ad was for a 15-year-old girl, and LeDune agreed to pay $200 to have sex with who he believed to be the girl, according to the affidavit.
LeDune was arrested after he arrived at the Grand Forks hotel where he intended to meet the girl, court records say.
Eight others were charged as a result of the prostitution sting, in which local and federal law enforcement officers posted a fake ad for sex services on Backpage.com. An undercover officer made arrangements with ad respondents and lured them to a Grand Forks hotel room, where law enforcement officers arrested the respondents, according to court records.
Seven have pleaded guilty since February to offering to hire an individual to engage in sexual activities, a Class B misdemeanor, in Grand Forks District Court and were ordered to spend 30 or 40 hours doing community service.
Unlike LeDune, the seven did not try to solicit sex from a minor.
The seven are William Andrew Selby Jr., 20; Scott Anderson, 33; Dustin Anthony Hiott, 28; Jeloni Antonio Hudson, 19; Jason Scott Peterka, 44; Nicholas Gonzalez Jr., 36, and Liban Bashir Adan, 27.
Mohan Kuman Magar, 32, also pleaded guilty to offering to hire an individual to engage in sexual activities, a Class B misdemeanor, and is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Friday.