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Cyrus man charged with felony count of soliciting a child

In addition to the soliciting charge, Kolden has been charged with engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

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POPE COUNTY — A Cyrus man has been charged with a felony count of soliciting a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communication.

Christopher Kolden, 37, was arrested without incident at his residence on Sept. 22 after an investigation by the Pope County Sheriff's Office.

According to a press release from the Pope County Sheriff's Office, authorities in both Pope and Swift counties were alerted to Kolden "soliciting juvenile females."

"Utilizing social media, Kolden then reached out and spoke with an undercover Pope County Deputy. Kolden’s communication with the child, described sexual conduct and solicited the child to engage in sexual conduct. Kolden further distributed to the child pornographic material which depicted sexual conduct," the press release read.

In addition to the soliciting charge, Kolden has been charged with engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

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Kolden was released on his personal recognizance with conditions.

If anyone believes a child is being solicited online for sex, they are encouraged to report it to their local law enforcement.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in these investigations by the Minnesota BCA Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Swift County Sheriff’s Office.

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