BEMIDJI-Two men have been charged in Beltrami County with engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child after responding to online ads posted by undercover officers.
Alexander Jin Brown, 28, Rochester, Minn., and Bryan Keith Madigan, 22, Cass Lake, Minn., were arrested Dec. 30 and Jan. 4, respectively. Each had responded to an ad posted by undercover Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents claiming to be underage girls interested in meeting for sex, according to criminal complaints against the men.
According to the complaint against Brown, he responded to a Craigslist ad posted by agents claiming to be a 14-year-old girl. He claimed to be 25 years old and allegedly sent the agent pictures of himself. The two agreed to meet in Bemidji, where Brown allegedly believed they would engage in sex acts.
When Brown arrived at the agreed-upon address he was arrested.
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The complaint against Madigan states that he responded to a similar ad posted on social media, in which a BCA agent claimed to be a female looking for a sexual relationship with a male. According to the complaint, agents texted with Madigan and indicated that he was communicating with a 15-year-old girl.
Madigan agreed to meet in Bemidji for sex, where he was arrested. Both arrests come after the Bemidji Police Department obtained a $47,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety meant to help fight human trafficking.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Jan. 17.