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Charges: Super Bowl Worker Tried To Hire Teens For Sex

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 33-year-old man in town for the Super Bowl is accused of trying to hire what he believed were two teenage siblings for sex.

Justin Beard
Justin Beard (credit: Hennepin County)

Justin Beard, of Branson, Missouri, is charged with two counts of felony prostitution, court documents filed in Hennepin County show. If convicted, each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint, Beard was in town to work Super Bowl Live festivities this week and responded to a Craigslist ad which police posted as part of a sting operation.

An undercover officer posed as a man selling his 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son for oral sex. Beard exchanged messages with the officer and offered his Super Bowl Live VIP tickets as payment, claiming they were each worth $100.

Beard agreed to meet Tuesday night at a Minnetonka apartment, the complaint states. He knocked the door, met police officers and quickly found himself in handcuffs.

His bail was set at $125,000.

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