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West Fargo man accused of soliciting minor for sex

HALLOCK, Minn.--A West Fargo, N.D., man has been accused of using Craigslist and texts to solicit someone he allegedly thought was a minor for sex. Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was charged Monday in Kittson County District Court with three felony cou...

HALLOCK, Minn.-A West Fargo, N.D., man has been accused of using Craigslist and texts to solicit someone he allegedly thought was a minor for sex.

Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was charged Monday in Kittson County District Court with three felony counts of electronic solicitation of children and a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. Charging documents accuse Peterson of answering a Craigslist ad and soliciting sex from who he allegedly thought was a 14-year-old girl.

The ad was posted by a Kittson County Sheriff's deputy to target online child solicitation, according to court documents. Posing as the 14-year-old, the deputy told Peterson through texts the teenager's age and asked the defendant if he thought "I'm too young for you," to which Peterson allegedly responded "age should not be an issue," according to court documents.

Peterson discussed meeting the "teen" in Hallock, having a secret relation relationship and then moving to Montana when she turned 16 so they could get married, according to court document. The texts eventually described sexual acts, according to court documents. The messages date back to March 15 and escalated to a meeting in Hallock, where Peterson was arrested on Friday, according to court documents.

"The Defendant acknowledged that conversations did occur and acknowledged that he did 'cross the line,'" court documents said. "The Defendant also claimed that when he got to Hallock he was going to confront the girl and call the cops and report the matter to law enforcement."

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A blood test revealed there was THC and methamphetamine in Peterson's system at the time of his arrest, according to court documents.

Each solicitation charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, and Peterson faces 90 days in jail if convicted on the DWI charge.

His next hearing is Monday.

Hallock is about 70 miles north of Grand Forks, or about 150 north of West Fargo.

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