Lynd man gets stay in prostitution case

Ordered

to program,

30 days jail

NEW ULM — A 70-year-old Lynd man found guilty of felony prostitution by a Brown County District Court jury after eight minutes of deliberation July 6, fined $905 and sentenced to 30 days local confinement.

Receiving a stay of imposition, Lawrence D. Depyper was sentenced to five years supervised probation and ordered to no unsupervised contact with persons under age 18. He has to attend an offender program, pay a fee, and not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. A $2,405 fine was stayed, and Depyper was credited with four days served.

Depyper was among eight suspects ranging in age from 20 to 70 arrested in a week-long undercover sex sting in Springfield Aug. 26, 2017. Court documents detailed suspects and law enforcement sending hundreds of text messages to each other.

Undercover investigators acted as 16-year-old females willing to trade sex or sex acts for money or narcotics. The undercover sting operation included Brown and Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office staff, Springfield and New Ulm Police and the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

The investigations were made possible by grants received from the Minnesota Women’s Foundation “Girls Are Not For Sale” campaign and the Minnesota Department of Justice.

Brown County Sheriff’s Office Senior Investigator Jeff Hohensee said public and private grants from government entities and women’s supportive organizations are vital in law enforcement being able to do sex sting operations.

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