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Charges filed in Pope County against man suspected of Internet solicitation

GLENWOOD — A man from St. Louis Park was charged in Pope County on Monday with allegedly soliciting a minor for sex through use of the social media.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office, working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the St. Louis Park Police Department, executed a search warrant Friday at a St. Louis Park address and arrested the 24-year-old suspect.

The sheriff’s office said a three-month investigation led law enforcement to believe the man was soliciting a minor from Pope County through social media.

On Monday, Matthew Thomas Boos was formally charged in Pope County Court with soliciting a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct, and soliciting a child in person or by computer or Internet.

A judge set unconditional bail at $25,000 and conditional bail at $10,000.

Authorities believe there may be more victims. Parents who believe their child may have been solicited by Boos are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Pope County is a member of the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which works with criminal justice agencies across Minnesota to investigate and prosecute those who exploit children on the Internet. The task force’s roles include forensics, investigation, training and technical assistance, victim services and community education.