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Published March 28, 2011, 10:22 AM

Arrest Made in Connection to Luring Investigation

FARGO, N.D. (March 28, 2011) – On Saturday, March 26 at approximately 3 p.m., detectives of the Fargo Police Department arrested Jerry Lee Derman, 38, of St. Paul, MN. Derman was arrested for Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means. This crime is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

FARGO, N.D. (March 28, 2011) – On Saturday, March 26 at approximately 3 p.m., detectives of the Fargo Police Department arrested Jerry Lee Derman, 38, of St. Paul, MN. Derman was arrested for Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means. This crime is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Derman was arrested in a parking lot in the 1400 block of South University Drive in Fargo where he had arranged to meet with a person who he believed to be a female under the age of 15 for the alleged purpose of engaging in sexual contact.

Beginning on March 19, 2011, Derman was alleged to have initiated contact, via an internet chat room, with a person he had believed to be a female under the age of 15. The person he was chatting with was actually a detective of the Fargo Police Department. Derman’s conversation with the undercover detective is alleged to have contained references to engaging in sexual contact.

Derman’s arrest was the result of an operation being conducted by detectives of the Fargo Police Department’s Crimes against Children’s (CAC) group. Detectives of the CAC group, posing as children on a variety of internet chat sites, have been successful in making 6 arrests since June of 2010.

The Fargo Police Department is a member agency of the North Dakota Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force in partnership with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and other local and county law enforcement agencies around the state. Also assisting in the investigation was the Saint Paul Police Department and the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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