Moorhead man sentenced for Bemidji sex crime
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A Moorhead, Minn., man who arranged to travel to Bemidji in order to meet and have sex with an undercover police officer he thought was a child will not spend any more time in jail.
Joseph Camron Price, 28, received a stay of imposition during his sentencing Monday, Oct. 9, meaning that if he successfully completes a three-year term of supervised probation his conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor. He must complete 27 days of electronic home monitoring, rather than spend additional time in jail.
Price was arrested in May, almost a month after he began communicating with an undercover officer, according to court documents. Price had posted an online ad on May 2 requesting "casual encounters" between men and women. Bemidji officers responded to the post, claiming to be a 15-year-old girl.
Documents say that on May 9, Price, calling himself "John," asked the girl for a "naughty" picture. Officers sent a photo to Price, who went on to describe sexual acts he wanted to perform on the person he believed was a child.
The pair arranged to meet in person in Bemidji to have sex. On May 30, officers were met by Price, who later told police he thought he was having sexual conversations with a child, and that he planned to have sex with her.
Price was charged with one count of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, then pleaded guilty on Aug. 15.