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Man accused of trying to lure girl pleads guilty

June 5, 2019

ELLENDALE, N.D. (AP) — An Oakes man accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a young girl has changed his plea to guilty in Dickey County.

Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Lee Marthaller entered the plea to a felony charge of luring a minor by computer or electronic device. A complaint says Marthaller also asked the 13-year-old girl last June to send him nude photos. KQDJ reports the charge against him carries facing a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Aug. 27 at the Dickey County Courthouse in Ellendale.

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Information from: KQDJ-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com/kqdj-1400am

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