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Morin charged with luring minors by computer

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Jesse L. Morin

A Medora man has been charged with luring minors by computer, a Class B felony, and promoting obscenity to minors, a Class C felony.

Jesse L. Morin, 47, was charged on Wednesday and had an initial appearance Friday before Judge Dann Greenwood in Stark County District Court.

The criminal complaint alleges Morin, by computer or other electronic means, communicated with a person he believed to be under the age of 15 and "suggested or requested that the under 14-year-old recipient engage in sexual acts and/or sexual contact with him."

The complaint also alleges that Morin promoted obscenity to a minor when, "knowing of its charcter, recklessly promoted to a minor any material or performance which is harmful to minors, or admitted a minor to premises where a performance harmful to minors is exhibited or takes place."

Morin specifically sent a picture of male genitalia to an individual whom he believed to be a 14-year-old female, the complaint reports.

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In North Dakota, a Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

A Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Bond has been set at $50,000, with 10 percent cash surety.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m., Stark County Courthouse, 51 Third St. E.

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