Deal calls for probation in child prostitution case

A plea agreement formalized today calls for probation in the case of a Grand Junction man accused of soliciting an underage girl for sex.

Matthew D. Joslin, 33, pleaded guilty to felony Internet luring of a child and misdemeanor solicitation. A plea agreement offered to District Judge Richard Gurley calls for no prison time, but leaves the terms and length of probation open to the judge.

Joslin, who is free on bond, became the focus of an investigation by the Grand Junction Police Department in November after a girl reported a series of messages from Joslin on MySpace which made her uncomfortable, according to an arrest affidavit.

The girl, who was under age 15, was told by authorities to ask Joslin what he wanted for $250, the affidavit said. When Joslin replied, he was corresponding with a police investigator and provided his e-mail and cell phone number. The investigator, posing as the young girl, set up a meeting and Joslin was arrested when he showed up.

Under the agreement struck Thursday, the District Attorney’s office agreed to dismiss the most serious charge in the case, class-3 felony soliciting a child for prostitution.

Joslin will be sentenced Aug. 20.



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