Online contact with girl leads to arrest

A 33-year-old Grand Junction man is suspected of soliciting a child for prostitution. The girl agreed to work with investigators after she contacted police because of disturbing online messages she received.

Matthew Dwaine Joslin, 33, 527 29 Road, was arrested Friday on suspicion that he used computer postings on MySpace and cell phone text messages to solicit prostitution with a girl he believed was younger than 18, according to his arrest affidavit.

The content of the computer postings was not released by the Police Department, but Joslin’s affidavit said the first posting on MySpace was Nov. 28.

The arrest affidavit said the juvenile girl contacted the Police Department and asked what to do about the computer messages because she was uncomfortable with their content.

The girl was told to ask Joslin what he wanted for $250, Joslin’s arrest affidavit read.

Joslin wrote back, and the Police Department began corresponding with Joslin as part of the investigation. Joslin gave his e-mail and cell phone number to the Police Department, thinking it was the juvenile girl, the arrest affidavit said.

An investigating officer with the Police Department, pretending to be the juvenile girl, arranged for a meeting with Joslin on Friday. Joslin was arrested when he showed up, the affidavit said.

Joslin was arrested on suspicion of soliciting a child for prostitution, a class 3 felony, Internet luring of a child, a class 4 felony, and soliciting for prostitution, a misdemeanor.


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