BEMIDJI -- A Cass Lake man has been sentenced to probation and a month of jail time for solicitation of a child.
Brandon Wayne Masten, 34, pleaded guilty to the solicitation charge in April. During his sentencing July 11, he received a stay of imposition. That means his felony-level conviction will be downgraded to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation. Masten also pleaded guilty and was convicted of a fourth-degree DWI.
His probation will last four years. Among other stipulations, he will be required to complete an outpatient sex offender treatment program and register as an offender.
According to court documents, Masten was arrested in mid October after he sent an explicit “video/photograph” to a 14-year-old female and asked for some sort of sexual encounter. The juvenile showed the message to her parents, who, in turn, contacted law enforcement.
Officers with the Bemidji Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension took the juvenile’s phone and began messaging with Masten, who was under the assumption he was still communicating with the juvenile. Masten then sent additional explicit photos to the juvenile’s phone.
Masten made arrangements to meet with the agents by the Nymore access in Bemidji, still believing they were the juvenile. Masten arrived at the location intoxicated, and the officers arrested him.