Thief River Falls man pleads guilty to sex crime

Lane Anderson
Lane Anderson

GRAND FORKS — A Thief River Falls, Minn., man pleaded guilty Monday, March 25, for charges alleging he tried contacting a teenage girl via Facebook, sent her explicit photos and planned to meet up with her to have sex.

Lane Allen Anderson, 22, was charged with seven counts of electronic solicitation of a minor, although five were dropped as part of a plea agreement. Anderson could spend up to three years in prison for each of the two felony charges he pleaded guilty to.

Anderson messaged who he thought was a 15-year-old girl on Facebook, although the profile was actually controlled by undercover agents as part of a sting operation, according to a court document. He began talking to the girl’s account Dec. 9, and the conversation eventually turned sexual, a criminal complaint said.

Anderson allegedly sent unsolicited nude photos and videos of himself to the Facebook account and planned to meet the girl at a laundromat Jan. 10 in Thief River Falls. Police arrested him at the laundromat where he’d agreed to meet the girl, a criminal complaint said.

Anderson allegedly admitted to police that he’d been talking to the girl for a month and sent her explicit photos. He claimed he did not plan to have sex with the teen, according to the complaint.

Anderson is scheduled for sentencing May 20.