A rural Sleepy Eye man, who was originally facing a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child, received a stay of adjudication on Oct. 14 in Brown County District Court.
Timothy I. Kotten, 24, was fined $2,000, placed on three years of probation and sentenced to 15 days in Brown County Jail. He is allowed to serve five days in jail via Sentence to Serve if fees are paid and work is completed within six months.
Probation conditions include successful completion of an outpatient sex offender treatment program, no contact with females under the age of 18 without approval by an agent and Internet use is limited to employment or education unless approved by an agent.
According to a complaint filed April 30 in Brown County District Court, Kotten was chatting with a police officer who posed as a 13-year-old girl in a Yahoo! Chat room in April 2012. On March 21, a Brown County Sheriff’s Office investigator received a call from an officer with the Olivia Police Department who had been posing as a 13-year-old female while investigating Internet Crimes Against Children.
According to court documents, Kotten told the officer he was enrolled in online classes as a business student at a college in Marshall and was living at his family’s home when the chats took place. He used a webcam allowing the officer to see his face. According to the complaint, Kotten exposed himself several times during several chats on different dates.
The officer accessed records from the college and confirmed Kotten’s student status and accessed Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services records for a photo of Kotten, and identified him with the person viewed via the webcam feed.