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St. Paul Park man sentenced for underage prostitution

Brian O'Boyle1 / 2
Michael Tallman2 / 2

A St. Paul Park man was sentenced for attempting to meet with two teenage girls for sex.

The arrest and conviction of Brian Patrick O’Boyle, 34, was part of a broad underage prostitution sting involving more than a dozen arrests by Twin Cities law enforcement. He was one of two men sentenced last week.

O’Boyle was convicted Friday in Washington County District Court of agreeing to hire a prostitute between ages 13 and 15, a gross misdemeanor. District Judge Tad Jude sentenced O’Boyle to two years probation and 30 days in jail, with credit for one day served. He must serve at least 48 hours in custody and then complete the remaining time in custody or through Sentence to Service, according to the Washington County Attorney’s Office. He also must pay a $1,000 fine.

The criminal complaint says in August 2014 O’Boyle responded to an advertisement posted by law enforcement on the Backpage website. A female undercover officer told O’Boyle two girls, ages 14 and 15, would meet him in a hotel room for either $80 for a half-hour or $125 for an hour. He was given the hotel room code password “oreo.”

O’Boyle agreed to meet them at a room at the Red Roof Inn in Woodbury, where he was arrested. O’Boyle admitted to police he went there for sex with the teens.

Another defendant also was sentenced Friday for a similar conviction.

Michael Leonard Tallman, 30, of Brooklyn Park, was convicted of gross-misdemeanor underage prostitution and sentenced to 30 days jail with credit for one day served. The remainder of his time can be completed through Sentence to Service.

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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