Deal calls for probation in child prostitution case

Matthew Joslin

A plea agreement formalized Thursday 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 it 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 postings on MySpace that made her uncomfortable, according to an arrest affidavit.

The girl, who is under age 15, was told by authorities to ask Joslin what he wanted for $250, the affidavit said.

When Joslin replied to her messages, 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 Mesa County District Attorney’s office agreed to dismiss the most serious charge in the case, a class 3 felony of soliciting a child for prostitution.

Joslin will be sentenced Aug. 20.


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