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Two charged with solicitation after Pope County investigation

GLENWOOD — Two men have been charged with child solicitation following a Pope County sting investigation.

James Michael Latzke, 35, of St. Cloud, was charged Jan. 23 in Pope County District Court with one felony count of child solicitation. Tyler David Rosenfeldt, 33, of Sabin, was charged Thursday in Clay County District Court with felony child solicitation, engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct to a child, and distributing material containing sexual conduct.

Both men allegedly responded to a social media ad placed Jan. 19 by a Pope County sheriff's deputy.

"Trying something new. Looking for a real man to make my dreams come true," the deputy posted, according to the criminal complaint on Latzke's charge, posing as a 14-year-old girl. "I don't want to go to school tomorrow so give me an excuse."

Around 9:30 p.m. that night, Latzke allegedly texted the listed number in the ad. Telling the "girl" he was 27, he arranged to meet up for at the Glenwood Airport for sex, according to the criminal complaint on the charge. He was instructed to flash his lights to identify himself when he got there.

But when Latzke arrived and flashed his lights, Pope County deputies moved in and arrested him.

In a Tuesday news release, the Pope County Sheriff's Office said Rosenfeldt did not drive to meet the "girl," but allegedly described sexual conduct, sent explicit photographs and solicited sex from the "girl" through messages.

Officers executed a search warrant at Rosenfeldt's Clay County residence. After their investigation, they arrested him Feb. 23 and transferred the case to Clay County for charges.

Latzke's first court appearance was Jan. 23, and Rosenfeldt's was Monday.

Rosenfeldt is next set for a March 10 hearing. Latzke's next hearing has not been scheduled, but he was scheduled to appear Tuesday at an omnibus hearing.