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Jesse Michael Ericson, 45, was charged in State District Court in Pine County on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, with three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. (Photo courtesy of Pine County)

Hinckley man with ties to Becker County accused of plotting kidnapping of woman to be sex slave

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A Hinckley man is accused of contracting with an undercover law enforcement officer to kidnap his ex-girlfriend and hold her as a sex slave.

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Jesse Michael Ericson, 45, was charged in State District Court in Pine County on Tuesday with three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Bail was set at $1 million without conditions or $500,000 with conditions. Ericson is being held in the Pine County Jail.

The conspiracy case began after informants told the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force that Ericson was seeking someone to murder an ex-girlfriend, according to the Pine County Sheriff's Office. Task force agents arranged a meeting between Ericson and an undercover Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent posing as a hit man.

According to the criminal complaint, the two met April 25 through Friday, with Ericson providing detailed information on the woman, including a picture of her, a diagram of her home and information on her movements. Ericson told the agent he would receive about $150,000 for the hit, the complaint said.

"The defendant then wavered between having her killed and keeping her chained up and using her as a sex slave," the complaint said.

Ericson was arrested Friday after meeting the officer and giving him $100 as a down payment for the kidnapping. The rest was to come by forcing the victim to wire her investment accounts into an account to which Ericson would have access.

According to court documents and law enforcement officers, video and audio recordings were made of the meetings.

In earlier cases, Ericson faces two counts of criminal sexual conduct, one count of violation of an order for protection and two counts of domestic abuse in Pine County; five counts of domestic abuse in Becker County; and one count of harassment in Isanti County. The sexual conduct charges are gross misdemeanors; all the other charges are misdemeanors.

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