Missouri Man Working at Super Bowl Live Pleads Guilty to Offering to Hire Minors

May 22, 2018 12:12 PM

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A Missouri man charged in Hennepin County has pleaded guilty to offering to hire minors for sex during the Super Bowl.

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According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, 33-year-old Justin Beard pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution of children under the age of 16 Tuesday.

Beard was arrested and charged in February after investigators learned he had responded to a Craigslist ad placed by a taskforce tackling sex trafficking. According to the attorney's office, Beard, believing he was talking with a man trafficking a 15-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy, set up a meeting.

"Mr. Beard had been working at Super Bowl LIVE, and the compensation he was going to give for the sex acts were a couple of tickets to Super Bowl LIVE," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at the time of Beard's arrest.

When he arrived at the designated meeting place of a Minnetonka apartment, Beard was arrested.

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Provided he follows the terms of his three-year probation, Beard is expected to receive a stay of execution and would not be sent to prison, according to the attorney's office. He is also expected to receive 120 days in the Hennepin County workhouse.

Beard's sentencing is set for July 10.

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