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Online Predator Arrested in Pope County


Quick action led to the apprehension of a man who was preying on a middle school student at Minnewaska Area Middle School. Christian James Mackson, age 29, had traveled from Dayton Ohio to Glenwood MN for the sole purpose of seeking out a student he met online. When he arrived at the school, the staff immediately contacted law enforcement about an unknown male at the school. He was apprehended at a local hotel and investigators found enough evidence to charge him with a felony for electronic attempt to engage in sexual activity with a minor. Pope County Law Enforcement take all tips of exploitation of youth seriously and continue to collaborate diligently to protect the community.