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Published October 21, 2011, 03:28 PM

Emerado, ND, Man Charged With Luring Minor Over Internet

UPDATED WITH VIDEO REPORT
(WDAZ-TV) - An Emerado, ND, man has been charged with luring a minor after Fargo police say he tried to meet who he thought was a 12-year-old girl for sex.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - An Emerado, ND, man has been charged with luring a minor after Fargo police say he tried to meet who he thought was a 12-year-old girl for sex.

Fargo police had been chatting with Steven Pfeiff, 23, since the beginning of August. He was arrested at the West Acres mall this week shortly after texting police that he was there.

Court documents show Pfeiff conducted internet chats, text messages and video chats with someone he believed to be a 12-year-old girl. Document say he displayed several parts of his body and asked the girl to do the same.

Police say they were contacted by the mother after she discovered her daughter was engaging in communication with an older man.

“Parents need to take and recognize that there are times when your child is more vulnerable and take steps to insure they are monitoring the actions of the child and always err on the side of safety and caution,” Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said. "Things have changed, the arena has changed. So this is a strong message for parents to say, 'we need to intervene, and we need to know what our children are doing.'"

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