Friesen pleads guilty in sex sting case - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Friesen pleads guilty in sex sting case

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Ruben Friesen, accused of traveling from Canada to Montana to engage in sexual activity with a minor, changed his plea in federal court Ruben Friesen, accused of traveling from Canada to Montana to engage in sexual activity with a minor, changed his plea in federal court

GREAT FALLS -- Ruben Friesen of Canada, accused of traveling to Montana to engage in sexual activity with a minor, changed his plea in federal court this week. 

Friesen pleaded guilty to travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor, according to court documents. 

The plea deal states "the government and Friesen agree that a specific disposition of 20 months imprisonment, with no agreement as to any other term, such as supervised release or fine, is an appropriate resolution of this case." 

Court documents filed on March 2nd provide the following information: 

If this case were tried in United States District Court, the United States would prove the following: On January 14, 2014, agents posted advertisements in the “casual encounters” section of the Great Falls Craigslist website. They posted these advertisements in an attempt to target people in the Great Falls vicinity who were interested in engaging in sexually explicit conduct with children. One advertisement stated the availability of fictitious 11 year-old girl who wished to engage in illicit sexual conduct. 

The defendant responded to this advertisement and began to communicate by e-mail with the agents. The e-mail conversations progressed over the next few days. The agents specifically asked what the defendant would like to do to with the fictitious 11 year-old girl, and he responded that he desired to engage in “illicit sexual conduct” with the girl. 

The defendant and the agents agreed to meet on January 17, 2014, at a truck stop in Great Falls. Prior to the encounter, law enforcement determined that the defendant lived in Canada and was employed as a truck driver for a livestock company. 

Agents arrested the defendant when he arrived at the truck stop and attempted to meet the fictitious 11 year-old inside the building. 

Through further investigation, agents discovered the defendant had crossed from Canada into the United States at the Sweetgrass Port of Entry earlier that same day. 

The defendant told the agents he had sent e-mails responding to the Craigslist advertisement while he was in Canada, which was corroborated through computer and phone information. 

(FEBRUARY 21, 2014) Rueben Friesen of Canada pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday to charges related to an online "sex sting." 

Friesen allegedly responded to a Craigslist ad advertising a sexual encounter with a minor, and is charged with felony attempted sexual abuse of children. 

According to court documents, Friesen responded to the ad that read "looking for a teacher, looking for someone to teach my niece." 

The Craigslist ad was set up by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in cooperation with the Great Falls Police Department. 

Court documents state Friesen responded and sent his picture, and that Friesen admitted that he knew the ad was for a 10-year old girl. 

According to court documents, he arranged to meet the girl at a Great Falls gas station, and that's where GFPD detectives took Friesen into custody.

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