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Don's Car Washes president sentenced to 1 day for solicitation charge

FARGO - The CEO and president of Fargo-based Don's Car Washes has been sentenced to one day in jail, which he's already served, for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of hiring an individual to engage in sexual activity.Daniel Durr was also o...

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Dan Durr

FARGO - The CEO and president of Fargo-based Don's Car Washes has been sentenced to one day in jail, which he's already served, for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of hiring an individual to engage in sexual activity .

Daniel Durr was also ordered to pay $450, and he will be required to attend a program aimed at reducing the demand for prostitution services.

Durr was found guilty of the Class B misdemeanor charge by a Cass County District Court jury that found him not guilty of a more serious felony charge of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity.

The charges stemmed from an undercover sex sting called "Operation Guardian Angel," which targeted men accused of going to local hotels looking to hire minors for sex. Area law enforcement officials placed ads on websites and mobile apps through which contact with men was made. The apps included Grindr and Whisper, and the websites included Craigslist.com and Backpage.com.

When men responded to the ad, an undercover female detective would represent herself as someone younger than 18, according to court documents.

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Durr's defense attorney, Cash Aaland, has maintained that when Durr learned during communication with the undercover authorities that the person involved was underage, he tried to drive away.

At Durr's sentencing on Monday, Nov. 27, Aaland said Durr had begged prosecutors to let him plead guilty to the crime he was ultimately found guilty of having committed.

That charge does not have a component involving a minor, but Aaland said his client has nonetheless suffered from heavy public vilification, including an online push to boycott his business.

In the wake of the charges, Aaland said, Durr has been seeing a counselor and "is working hard to make sure this never happens again."

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