Worthington man receives jail sentence related to undercover sex sting
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man sentenced Tuesday to 240 days in jail is the latest in a handful of individuals who intended to have sex with whom they believed to be 14-year-old minors from Worthington and wound up involved in a 2017 undercover...
WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man sentenced Tuesday to 240 days in jail is the latest in a handful of individuals who intended to have sex with whom they believed to be 14-year-old minors from Worthington and wound up involved in a 2017 undercover sting.
Twoo B. Tit, 21, was sentenced to a stay of adjudication for a 10-year probationary term after pleading guilty to attempted 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct. When he was 19, he communicated electronically with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old female before going to her Worthington home intending to have sex with her, he admitted Tuesday. The 14-year-old female was actually an undercover agent with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Tit will serve his initial 30-day sentence local jail sentence on weekends beginning Friday. He will serve another 30-day sentence beginning in September 2019. Additional 60-day increments from 2020 through 2022 may be abated with a recommendation from probation.
In what Fifth Judicial Judge Gordon Moore called Tit’s unique circumstances related to the case as he considered sentencing arguments from the prosecution and defense, Moore excused himself for a brief recess to review sentences from cases related to the same sting. When he returned, he said a jail sentence would be appropriate, but noted Tit’s mitigating circumstances, which included traumatic experiences growing up, mental health concerns and cultural differences.
Moore also noted his zero criminal history score.
“You’re getting an opportunity here,” Moore told Tit.
He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, which may be satisfied by community service work.
Four other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.