Minn. Firefighter Accused In S.D. Of Sex Crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 42-year-old Minnesota firefighter is accused of using Facebook to proposition a 14-year-old South Dakota girl.

Bret Kiphuth of Fergus Falls, Minn., allegedly identified himself on the social networking site as a 15-year-old boy and asked the Sioux Falls girl to send him naked pictures last spring and meet with him.

He’s been indicted on a charge of solicitation of a minor and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

He declined comment to the Argus Leader newspaper. Fergus Falls Human Resources Director Brenda Cossette says he’s been placed on unpaid administrative leave from his job.

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