North Dakota man pleads guilty to luring Winchester girl

A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty to luring a minor by a computer following an investigation in Winchester. 

James Thompson, 35 of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty on April 4 to a Class B felony of luring a minor by computer. 

The case against Thompson began in August 2014 when the father of an 11-year-old Winchester girl contacted police after discovering suspicious messages that were sent to his daughter through the Kik messenger app. 

Officials said a Winchester a Winchester Police investigator began communicating with Thompson using the girl’s phone. Without realizing he was talking to police, Thompson sent an inappropriate photo to the investigator on Aug. 11, 2014. 

In exchange for his guilty plea, other charges pending against Thompson — including failing to register as an offender against children — have been dropped. 

Thompson had to register as an offender against children following his conviction of a felony child abuse or neglect charges in 2007. 

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