ST. CLOUD -- A Stearns County judge has sentenced a Big Lake man who was caught in an undercover sting involving online chat rooms and the solicitation of a child.

The judge has sentenced 33-year-old Matthew Piram to a stay of imposition. He'll be on probation for five years and must register as a predatory offender.

Court records show Piram messaged a decoy account set up by the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force last September. Piram was accused of soliciting, who he believed was a 15-year-old girl, to engage in sexual conduct.

According to the charges, the initial conversation began in late September and transitioned from a social media app to a private email Piram shared with the undercover officer.

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After completing the investigation, officers went to Piram's home and arrested him.

Piram pleaded guilty to felony engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child back in March.

 

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