Complaint: It wasn’t first time for man charged with responding for ‘2 gurlz special’
The 14 men who were arrested this fall while soliciting prostitution in Woodbury have begun making appearances in Washington County District Court.
On Oct. 22, Brent Allen Fredrickson, 38, of Eagan appeared in Washington County District Court to face one charge of intentionally agreeing to hire a 13- to 16-year-old to engage in sexual contact. He is due back in court next month.
His Aug. 19, 2014, arrest was at the front end of what has become an ongoing two-countywide series of sting operations, with Homeland Security, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury, Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, and others collaborating to investigate child exploitation and human trafficking.
Fredrickson and several other defendants responded via text message to one of multiple “2 gurlz special” ads placed on Craigslist.com and Backpage.com. “Reply with your favorite football team in the subject line,” the Craiglist ad said.
“Vikings and others” came the text from Fredrickson’s cell phone.
He, like the other suspects in the 2014 sting, were arrested and released rather than booked into jail. The active investigation continued without their mug shots being taken, nor any other publicity until this September, when Washington County Attorney Pete Orput pushed police to press charges.
According to the complaint:
An undercover officer, posing as a 32-year-old woman with a daughter who Fredrickson believed to be 14 years old and deaf, offered to split the cost of a room at the Red Roof Inn in exchange for sex. Frederickson believed that during a shower with the juvenile they would “fondle each other,” including oral sex. Via text message, the man admittedly asked about birth control and was told to bring condoms.
Fredrickson was arrested with three condoms on his person.
Not only were the man’s text messages with the undercover officer recovered from his cell phone but also evidence that he has solicited prostitution on previous occasions.