A Fargo man was arrested in Breckenridge, Minn., Tuesday on four felony counts of luring a child through sexually explicit text messages and emails.
Ronald Olson, 47, was apprehended outside the Cinema 6 Theater in Breckenridge where he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl he met on Craigslist.
He was charged in Wilkin County Court Wednesday, Jan. 29. He is charged with four felonies — solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct-prohibited act, solicitation of a child or believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct, engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child, and distributing via electronic communication material that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child.
According to court documents, a Breckenridge Police officer began a proactive Craigslist investigation on Internet crimes against children on Jan. 23. A post by Olson was investigated because terminology he used was indicative of someone wanting to be sexually involved with a child, a complaint states.
The officer posed as a 14-year-old girl and answered the ad, which said the poster was looking to be a “daddy presence” for a young woman. Graphic and sexually explicit emails and photos were sent from the defendant to the officer’s pseudonym, where he explained what he wanted from her.
After numerous emails and more than 1,000 texts from the defendant to the “14-year-old girl,” they agreed to meet at the movie theater in Breckenridge.
The defendant was interviewed after his arrest and confirmed he was the poster and had sent the communications to the supposed teenager.
Olson is scheduled for arraignment in Wilkin County Court on Feb. 4.