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Woman charged with sex crimes involving 15-year-old girl

A California woman faces child solicitation and other felony charges after she allegedly sent sexually graphic videos, photos and text messages to a 15-year-old St. Paul Park girl.

Authorities arrested Sarah K. Bartlett, 21, of Sacramento last week after she took a bus to Minnesota to be with the teenage victim, according to court records.

Bartlett is charged in Washington County District Court with electronically soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct, and one count each of engaging in and distributing electronic communication relating to sexual conduct with a child 15 or younger.

According to the criminal complaint:

Authorities learned of the allegations after the girl's mom told St. Paul Park police Nov. 2 that her daughter ran away with Bartlett. The mother had taken her daughter's cellphone and found videos of Bartlett engaging in sexual activity and photos of her exposing herself. Graphic text messages from Bartlett said she wanted to meet the girl and engage in sexual activity with her.

The girl's friend sent $60 to Bartlett for a Greyhound bus ticket. The girl said she did that because it made her friend happy that she would be with Bartlett. They picked up Bartlett on Oct. 30 from a bus station.

Bartlett and the teen were found sleeping under a blanket in an closed transit station in Chaska on Nov. 5, according to police.

When interviewed by a St. Paul Park investigator, Bartlett admitted to traveling to Minnesota to be with the teen because she loved the girl. The complaint also says Bartlett admitted she had a text conversation with the victim's mother and was told to stay away from the girl because she was only 15.

Bartlett was being held in the Washington County jail with bail set at $25,000 with conditions or $75,000 without conditions. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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