SD corrections employee facing child solicitation charges
WORTHINGTON -- An employee of the South Dakota Department of Corrections is scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court next week on charges of soliciting a minor.
WORTHINGTON - An employee of the South Dakota Department of Corrections is scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court next week on charges of soliciting a minor.
Chad Straatmeyer, 41, of Sioux Falls S.D., is slated to appear in court on Feb. 21. He is facing three felony counts of child soliciting, engaging in electronic communication relating to sexual conduct with a child and distributing via electronic communication material that relates sexual conduct to a child.
According to court documents, Straatmeyer was communicating through an electronic device Feb. 7 with an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old. Instead, that individual was actually an undercover agent (UC) of the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The conversation, which took place via the social media application Skout and text messages, was sexual in nature, according to court records. Straatmeyer agreed to meet the UC at a Worthington address on Feb. 9. As soon as he exited the vehicle, he was arrested and taken to the Nobles County Jail.
During an interview with law enforcement, Straatmeyer claimed he only wanted to counsel the child. He had a Feb. 9 bond hearing and was released after paying the bail.
The maximum sentence on his three felony charges is no more than three years in jail, a fine no more than $5,000 or both.
Lakefield man arrested for soliciting minor LAKEFIELD - Gregory Fitzloff, 48, of Lakefield, was arrested Friday on several felony charges after attempting to solicit a minor.
Fitzloff is been charged with two felony counts of electronic solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct.
According to court documents, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was assisting multiple agencies Wednesday in an undercover operation in a juvenile sting. Special agents from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) had been communicating with Fitzloff on Feb. 7-8 while pretending to be juveniles through “Grindr,” a social media app.
Fitzloff, who thought he was talking with a 15-year-old male, exchanged several messages with sexual content and images with the undercover agent and arranged a place to meet. Jackson County law enforcement was able to identify Fitzloff through photographs he had previously sent to the agent. After a search warrant was executed in Fitzloff’s residence on Friday, he was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Law Enforcement Center.
The maximum sentence on his two felony charges is no more than three years in jail, a fine no more than $5,000 or both.
If found guilty, Fitzloff could face a maximum sentence of no more than three years in jail, a fine no more than $5,000 or both for each of his felony charges.