Men Sentenced For Soliciting Teen

Men Sentenced For Soliciting Teen Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - Two men caught in a sex sting operation have been sentenced after admitting to trying to meet a teenage girl for sex in St. Cloud.

Thirty-five-year-old Sory Michael Sidime (Left) and 23-year-old Jacob Jeaquan Young tried to meet an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl on a social media app.

Police say Young contacted a fake profile on November 28th, 2018, and asked if she wanted company.

Young offered the girl $35 to meet for sex. When he showed up, he was arrested.

Police say Young had $38 cash and two condoms when he was arrested.

Young pleaded guilty in July to soliciting a child or believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct, also a felony.

He was sentenced on Monday to 10 days in jail already served and four years probation.

On November 24th, 2018, police say Sidime contacted the fake teen's account and asked her if she was a virgin, asked if she had ever been with a "mature black man," and wanted her to send him pictures.

Three days later, Sidime went to an apartment to meet the girl and was arrested.

Sidime pleaded guilty in April to engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child, a felony.

He was sentenced in August to 8 days in jail already served and four years probation.

The investigation was a collaboration between the Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force, St. Cloud Police Department, Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigative Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The third man arrested during the sting operation, 39-year-old Corey Michael Wentz (bottom), was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in January.

Investigators say Wentz contacted the same fake 14-year-old's account and asked what the girl had done sexually. According to the complaint, he asked her to come over so they could "get to know each other's bodies."

He was given the address of an apartment, and when he showed up, he was arrested.