St. Paul Park man pleads not guilty to child solicitation
BEMIDJI—A St. Paul Park man who police say arranged to meet and have sex with someone he thought was a child in Bemidji pleaded not guilty to a felony Tuesday.
Alan Patrick James Haugen, 20, was arrested Sept. 8, after a Bemidji police officer received a briefing from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension about an undercover operation. According to a criminal complaint, the officer was told that Haugen had been texting with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl, and that he agreed to have intercourse with her.
The complaint does not say why Haugen believed he was texting a child, or who he was really texting with. He allegedly agreed to meet the "girl" at the 2800 block of Pine Ridge Avenue Northwest in Bemidji.
Police began to monitor Haugen's movements and arrested him once he arrived at the address. He was charged with soliciting a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct.
Haugen is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing Jan. 16.