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Thief River Falls man accused of luring minor for sex

Lane Anderson

THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls man faces numerous charges after police said he used Facebook to try to lure who he thought was a underage girl into having sex.

Lane Allen Anderson, 22, was set to appear Friday in Pennington County District Court on seven felony counts of electronic solicitation of a minor. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

A criminal complaint details how Anderson allegedly used Facebook to contact who he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but the person actually was a Thief River Falls Police officer posing as an underage teen.

Conversations between the two date back to Dec. 9, and Anderson allegedly sent unsolicited nude pictures and videos of himself to the police, according to the complaint. Anderson eventually started talking about engaging in sexual acts with the supposed 15-year-old, and he made arrangements to meet the girl at a laundromat in Thief River Falls, the complaint alleged.

Officers arrested Anderson on Thursday at the laundromat. According to the complaint, he admitted talking to the girl for a month, sending pictures and video of himself to her, and the conversations between him and the girl were sexual in nature. However, he said he had no intentions of having any sexual contact with the teen, according to the complaint.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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