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Police: Fargo man used social messaging app to send explicit photo to 11-year-old's phone

FARGO - A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of a Fargo man who allegedly used the social messaging app Kik to send a photo of his penis to police posing as an 11-year-old girl in Massachusetts.

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FARGO – A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of a Fargo man who allegedly used the social messaging app Kik to send a photo of his penis to police posing as an 11-year-old girl in Massachusetts.

James Lee Thompson, 34, faces a Class B felony charge of luring a minor by computer or other electronic means and and a Class C charge of failure to register as an offender against children.

Fargo Police Detective Mark Voigtschild wrote in an incident report that he was notified by Moorhead Police Detective Joel Voxland that Moorhead police were working on a case possibly involving Thompson.

Police said Thompson, who has been a registered offender against children since 2007, used the Kik messenger to communicate with an 11-year-old Winchester, Mass., girl. The girl's father found messages he thought were suspicious and reported it to the Winchester Police Department.

A Winchester police lieutenant began communicating with Thompson using the girl's phone, the report said. While Thompson was unknowingly communicating with police, he sent a photo of his penis on Aug. 11, 2014, the report said.

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A Rockstar energy drink poster and a bike were in the background of the photo, police said. Later, when Fargo and Moorhead detectives visited Thompson at an address in Fargo, they found the poster and the bike.

When police interviewed Thompson in June, he admitted he sent the photo of his penis, but that he didn't think the girl was really 11, the report said.

"Thompson said he was not going to believe someone who said they were 11, because 'what parent would allow an 11 year old on the internet,' " Voigtschild wrote in his report. "Thompson said there was no way this person was 11."

But police say the girl was 11. Police also say that after the penis photo, he sent a message to police posing as the girl: "Can I c a naughty pic."

When police pressed for a reason why he sent the photo, Thompson repeatedly said it was because he thought the girl was lying about her age, the report said.

In another case, prosecutors charged Thompson in July with a Class C felony for failing to register several phone numbers, email addresses and a Facebook account, which were conditions of registering as an offender against children. The case is still open, according to court records.

Thompson was convicted of a felony child abuse or neglect charge in 2007 in Barnes County, according to North Dakota court records. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, and was required to register as an offender against children.

As of Friday afternoon, Thompson was not in custody, according to Cass County prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek.

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