Crookston Man To Serve Jail Time For Luring Minor Via ComputerA Crookston man will serve a yaer in prison for luring a minor through an internet chatroom.
By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ
A Crookston man will serve a yaer in prison for luring a minor through an internet chatroom. Authorities say 37-year old Gerald Pride had sexually explicit online chats with a Ramsey County deputy posing as a 14-year old girl, and offered to pay for sex. Today in court Pride said he tried to stop the chats. He said he was guilt-tripped by quote, "an over-zealous deputy with an agenda". Pride was sentenced to 5 years, but 4 of those years were suspended. That means he'll serve one year in prison and be on supervised probation for the remaining 4 years. That was the sentence the state asked for.
Lonnie Olson/States Attorney: "It obviously is appropriate here. He did take a substantial step to complete the offense by driving from Crookston to Devils Lake to ostensibly meet with the 14-year old girl."
Pride will have to register as a sex offender against children after he's released from prison.