Starbuck man charged with approaching child online and soliciting sex | New

(Starbuck MN-) A Starbuck man is accused of asking a child for sex over the internet. The Pope County Sheriff’s Department said Jay Lamere, 41, appeared in court last week for participating in an electronic communication regarding or describing sexual behavior with a child, and for distributing via electronic communication , material that relates to/describes sexual relations. Driving with a child. He was released without bail.

The sheriff’s department says Lamere was arrested at his home without incident after a six-week investigation. They say Lamere reached out and spoke with an undercover Pope County deputy, whom Lamere believed to be a child, and described sexual behavior and demanded sex. Lamere also allegedly sent the undercover officer documents depicting sexual behavior.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages parents and caregivers to monitor who their children communicate with online. If anyone thinks a child is being abused online, they are encouraged to report it to local law enforcement. The Pope County Sheriff’s Department was assisted in this investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.