Otsego, MN

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Otsego is a city 0f about 21,000 residents in Wright County, Minnesota. It is a northwest suburb within the MinneapolisSt. Paul metropolitan area. At least one operation targeting the consumer-level demand for prostitution has occurred in the city. In December 2021, an Otsego man was sentenced in a case involving an undercover prostitution investigation. The man was charged the prior summer with prostitution with the intent to hire someone between the ages of 13 and 16. He pleaded guilty to the charge against him in September 2021 and was sentenced in December to 60 days in the Hennepin County workhouse. According to the criminal complaint, on June 2, 2021, officers from several jurisdictions, including Maple Grove police, were conducting a joint operation investigating the possible electronic solicitation of minors. Officers placed numerous advertisements in online publications known to be used by individuals engaged in prostitution. An individual responding to ads engaged in text conversations with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl. The suspect spoke with the undercover officer about services and agreed to a price and where to meet. He drove to the location and was apprehended by officers. His phone was confirmed by officers to have been the phone texting the undercover officer, according to the complaint. As part of the man’s sentencing, he was given several conditions he must adhere to, including attending a sex offender program, having no contact with children in certain circumstances, having no access to the internet without a probation officer’s approval, and being in contact with his probation officer.

Key Partners

  • Maple Grove Police Department
State Minnesota
Type City
Population 21401
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