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Man arrested for Internet sex crimes involving a child in Pope County

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A 24-year-old St. Louis Park man was charged Monday with trying to solicit nude photos from a teenage girl in Pope County through Facebook and other social media sites.

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Matthew Thomas Boos, a youth pastor at River Valley Church in Savage, was charged in Pope County District Court with soliciting a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct, and engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child. Both charges are felonies.

Boos allegedly posed as a 15-year-old girl on websites and made contact with girls he met while serving as a youth pastor.

The charges were the result of a three-month investigation involving the Pope County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the St. Louis Park Police Department.

Authorities believe that more victims may exist. If you believe that your child has been solicited, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Boos is being held at the Douglas County Jail (Pope County doesn’t have a jail) on a $25,000 bond for unconditional release or $10,000 bond for conditional release.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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