Crookston man charged in Ramsey County, N.D., Internet luring sting
CROOKSTON - A Crookston man nabbed in an Internet sting is accused of having sexual online chats with a Ramsey County (N.D.) deputy posing as an underage girl.
Gerald Steven Pride, 36, had offered to pay the "girl" for sexual acts, according to a criminal complaint.
Pride was arrested July 3 when he showed up at a meeting place in Devils Lake. The complaint says Pride told officers: "You got me; I knew this was going to happen."
The North Dakota Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in the sting.
Pride's attorney, Henry Howe of Grand Forks, said he is in the process of gathering information from the state and his client about the case. But, he said, a criminal complaint generally presents the perspective "most favorable" to the prosecution.
"That's sometimes a distorted picture, that's sometimes an inaccurate picture," he said.
Howe said he may seek a bond review hearing for his client.
Monday evening, Pride remained in custody in Devils Lake on $20,000 bond.
Pride is charged with luring a minor by computer or other electronic means. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.