3 years probation for man arranged sex with 14-year-old
A Worthington man received a stay of imposition in a case that saw him accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sexual activity online.
Chan Dean Briggs, 44, will serve three years of supervised probation, as part of a plea agreement, for one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child, a felony, in Olmsted County District Court.
Briggs will be required to register as a predatory offender and complete a sex offender program, among other conditions of his probation. The stay of imposition means that if he completes all the conditions during probation, his sentence could be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
The investigation began as a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation in October 2016 targeting online sexual predators who are focused on meeting children online to engage in sexual acts. A BCA agent posing as a "decoy" chatted with Briggs, and he eventually arranged to meet for sex in Owatonna, according to court documents.
On Nov. 14, 2016, agents of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force apprehended Briggs at his residence.
Briggs admitted to chatting with someone who identified themselves as a 14-year-old girl, court documents say.