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Online Predator Caught By Pope County Deputies

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After a six week investigation by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Jay Lamere, age 41 of Starbuck, was arrested at his residence. Lamere had used social media to solicit minors for sexual activity. He reached out to an undercover deputy, who he thought was a child. He distributed pornographic images and tried to engage in explicit acts.

Lamere faces felony charges, and was released on his own personal recognizance with conditions.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages parents and caregivers to monitor who their children are communicating with online.

After a six-week investigation by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Jay Lamere, 41 of Starbuck, was arrested at his residence, without incident. Utilizing social media, Lamere reached out and spoke with an undercover Pope County Deputy. Lamere’s communication, with who he believed to be a child, described sexual conduct and solicited the child to engage in sexual conduct. Lamere further distributed to the child pornographic material which depicted sexual conduct.
Lamere appeared in Pope County Court to face the felony charges of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child and distributing via electronic communication material that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child. Lamere was released on his personal recognizance with conditions.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages parents and caregivers to monitor who their children are communicating with online. If anyone believes a child is being victimized online, they are encouraged to report it to their local law enforcement.
The Pope County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Minnesota BCA Internet Crimes
Against Children Task Force.

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