ST. CLOUD -- Another central Minnesota man has been caught in an undercover sting involving online chat rooms and the solicitation of a child.

A criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court alleges 32-year-old Matthew Piram of Big Lake messaged a decoy account set up by the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force.

Piram is accused of soliciting, who he believed was a 15-year-old girl, to engage in sexual conduct.

Court records show 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 on Monday and arrested him. He's charged with two felonies...the solicitation of a child and describing sexual conduct with a child through electronic communications.

Piram's next court appearance is scheduled for February 28th.


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