Big Lake man charged with child solicitation


ST. CLOUD – Another man in central Minnesota has been caught in a covert attack involving online chat rooms and soliciting a child.

Criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court alleges 32-year-old man Matthew Piram from Big Lake sent a message to a decoy account created by the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force.

Piram is accused of soliciting, whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, to engage in sexual behavior.

Court records show that the initial conversation began in late September and went from a social media app to a private email Piram shared with the undercover agent.

After completing the investigation, police attended Piram’s home on Monday and arrested him. He is charged with two crimes … soliciting a child and describing sexual behavior with a child through electronic communications.

Piram’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 28.

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