A Colorado man visiting Dickinson faces felony charges for luring minors by computer and indecent exposure.
Fredrick Miles Davis, 54, of Greeley, Colo., appeared in Stark County District Court Monday before Judge Rhonda Ehlis.
According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 24, Davis, by means of computer or other electronic means, "communicated with a person (he) believed to be under the age of 15" and "suggested or requested that the 14-year-old recipient engage in sexual acts or conduct with him."
The complaint also alleges Davis exposed his genitals "to a person he believed was under the age of 18" via the messaging application Skout "with the intent to arouse, appeal to, or gratify their sexual desires."
Davis told Ehlis he was visiting North Dakota to see the Enchanted Highway.
"It was a one-day-up and one-day-back trip," he said.
Luring minors is a Class B felony, and indecent exposure is a Class A misdemeanor.
The maximum sentence for a Class B felony is 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine, with a mandatory minimum of one year imprisonment.
A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 360 days imprisonment and $3,000 fine.
If found guilty, Davis would also have to register as a sex offender.
Bond was set at $10,000 cash.
Assistant State's Attorney Brittney Bornemann recommended the amount based on the fact that Davis has no ties to the community.
"This is a serious case that carries with it very serious consequences," she said. "The state has concerns about future appearances."
Ehlis upheld the recommendation.
"These charges are serious," she said. "And I am very concerned about the fact that you have no ties to the state."
Davis is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Oct. 7.