Sex sting training nets actual arrest in Nisswa: Man faces felonies for soliciting juvenile By Chelsey Perkins on Nov 5, at 7: Grant Snyder, a member of the department's human trafficking team.
Set to discuss Operation Guardian Angel—a team of investigators who use technology to fight demand for sex trafficking—Snyder posted a live advertisement as an instructional tool.
Bedell allegedly told an officer posing as a young woman advertising sex he was headed to the Brainerd area and wanted to meet up. According to a criminal complaint filed against Bedell, he continued to pursue sex for money even after the undercover officer told him the girl was almost 16 years old.
With the core team of Operation Guardian Angel present for the conference and a willing buyer, Snyder said it was an opportunity to make an arrest, just as they've done in seven states and with more than 30 jurisdictions in the state of Minnesota.
More than 1, men have been arrested by the team since it began in February He said communication techniques the team uses ensure the crime meets the criteria of state statute This is what he teaches to other law enforcement officers in sessions such as the one scheduled Thursday.
Taylor, who was attending the conference, said he was glad to lend his officers in making an arrest. It is certainly more prevalent than I would have ever thought it was. It's a vacation area with a high population of people coming and going, for example.
After responding to the ad about 11 a. Thursday, Bedell arrived at the prearranged location to meet who he thought was a year-old girl. Instead, he met Nisswa police. After Bedell was arrested, officers searched his vehicle and discovered more than 11 ounces of marijuana. Some of it was unprocessed plants. In a text conversation prior to his arrival, Bedell asked the undercover officer whether they liked marijuana and said he had some, the criminal complaint stated.
Bedell is set to again appear in court 8: Snyder said the ad was placed on Backpage. It's just one of the many sites and smartphone apps used by traffickers.