SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal, state and Rapid City authorities say they’ve arrested seven men on charges of trying to pay for sex with underage girls after responding to online classified ads placed during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Records show that 29-year-old Scott Faulk, of Grand Junction, Colo. 19-year-old Miguel Aguilar, of Brighton, Colo., 43-year-old Michael Francis Fox Jr., of Owings, Md., and 54-year-old Timothy Gravens of Grapevine, Texas, were each charged in U.S. District Court with attempting to entice a person under 18 into a commercial sex act.
Attorney General Marty Jackley said three Rapid City men were also arrested: 31-year-old Jerry Lane Golliher, 27-year-old Eric D. Murphy and 24-year-old John Miller.
Attorneys for the seven men were not listed.
An affidavit filed in federal court by FBI Special Agent Matthew Mohr said investigators placed multiple advertisements on the Craigslist.org and Backpage.com websites offering young girls for prostitution.
Mohr said the men responded to the ads and then negotiated with undercover agents who were acting as the 12- and 13-year-old girls’ pimps.
The Rapid City ICAC Task Force sting was a joint effort by the FBI, the state Division of Criminal Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
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