Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was charged Monday, March 26, in Kittson County District Court with three felony counts of electronic solicitation of children and a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. Charging documents accuse Peterson of answering a Craigslist ad and soliciting sex from who he allegedly thought was a year-old girl.
The ad was posted by a Kittson County Sheriff's deputy to target online child solicitation, according to court documents. Peterson discussed meeting the "teen" in Hallock, having a secret relationship and then moving to Montana when she turned 16 so they could get married, according to court documents.
The texts eventually described sexual acts, according to court documents. The messages date back to March 15 and escalated to a meeting in Hallock, where Peterson was arrested on Friday, according to court documents.
In his defense, Peterson told police he was going to turn the girl into law enforcement for her role in the incident. A blood test revealed there was THC and meth in Peterson's system at the time of his arrest, according to court documents.
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