A lawyer for Zhermie Robin Toledo, 39, Minot, argued Thursday that police entrapped his client when they arrested him on a felony charge of luring a minor by computer last April.
Robert Williamson wants the charge dismissed. Williamson also wants evidence suppressed in the case. Authorities say that videos on an SD card show Toledo having sex with two suspected adult female prostitutes, one estimated by retired police Lt. The state opposes both the mission to dismiss and to suppress evidence.
Judge Stacy Louser allowed Toledo to miss the hearing because of a scheduling conflict. Toledo was one of several men arrested during a prostitution sting at a Minot hotel on April On April 21, Cousins wrote that she received a text message from someone in response to the ad, asking if the girl was really 18 and stating that younger would be better.
Posing as the girl, Cousins replied that she was She said she did not personally know Toledo. Officer Taylor Jensen testified that she assumed the role of the supposed year-old on April 24, the night a meeting had been arranged with Toledo.
Are you just wasting my time? She said Toledo then called and said he wanted to meet in the hotel parking lot to make sure she was not a police officer.
Jensen said she waited for Toledo to pull up in his vehicle and made contact with him. Toledo was then placed under arrest by other officers.
Williamson questioned why Jensen texted Toledo when he did not show up at time. He asked Jensen if she was pressured to pursue Toledo or make an arrest in this particular case.
Jensen said she contacted Toledo because he was late. Strandberg testified that the exchange between Jensen and Toledo is not unusual.
Strandberg, who has played the part of a john in past sting operations, said prostitutes operate on a schedule and it is not uncommon for them to contact someone who is late the way that Jensen contacted Toledo. Police placed two separate on Back.
Toledo was the only man who persisted. She said she opposes suppression of the videos as well because Strandberg testified that one of the suspected prostitutes in the video looked like she was a teenager.
That is relevant to the crime Toledo is accused of, said Dillon. Judge Louser said she will take the arguments under advisement and will issue written rulings on the motions to dismiss and suppress evidence within a couple of weeks. Judge Doug Mattson said Monday he will reluctantly allow a defense attorney for murder defendant Christopher I'm interested in please check all that apply Daily Newsletter Breaking News.