- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a 26-year-old Watford City man accused of trying to lure a girl online.

The Ward County Sheriff’s Department says an investigator assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children unit started an online conversation Tuesday with a man who said he wanted to meet a 16-year-old girl. The deputy posed as a 16-year-old girl and agreed to the online conversation.

Authorities say the conversation led to the defendant allegedly distributing pornographic information to what he thought was a 16-year-old girl.

Deputies traveled to Watford City on Wednesday and arrested the man. He is being held in the Ward County Jail on suspicion of luring a minor by electronic means, pending a court appearance.

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