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Depyper sentenced for prostitution charges

NEW ULM — A Lyon County man convicted of soliciting a minor for sex was sentenced in Brown County District Court on Monday, court records said. Lawrence David Depyper, 70, will serve 26 days in jail, as well as five years of supervised probation, court records said.

Depyper was convicted on charges of agreeing to hire a minor for sex in Brown County District Court on July 6. He was one of eight suspects arrested during a sex sting operation in Brown County in August 2017. As part of the sting, undercover investigators posted online ads, posing as 16-year-old girls willing to trade sex for money or drugs.

Court documents said Depyper received a stay of imposition of sentence. He was to pay a $1,500 fine, and serve 30 days in jail, with credit for four days already served. Depyper was also given five years of supervised probation, and conditions including that he complete the Offenders Prostitution Program, and not have unsupervised contact with girls under 18, except family members with the approval of a probation officer.

One other Lyon County man, Paul Raymond Lund, Jr., was arrested in the same sting operation. Lund, 47, was convicted earlier this month of agreeing to hire a minor for prostitution. A sentencing hearing for him will be held Sept. 7.

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