Internet luring suspect enters not guilty plea

Posted: September 3, 2009 in Uncategorized
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By Drew Lange
Journal Staff Writer
Gerald Pride of Crookston, Minn., submitted a not guilty plea to the charge of Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means at Friday afternoon’s preliminary hearing. Pride is facing up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if found guilty.
Pride was arrested on July 3 in Devils Lake at Roosevelt Park when he came to meet what he thought was a 14-year- old girl who he had been talking to in a chat room.
Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Smith was posing as the young girl in the chat room, and when he was brought to testify he pulled out over 150 pages of chat transcript ranging from February 9 to July 3. He estimated that there were around 85 days of correspondence between himself and Pride in the chat room.


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