Skip to main content

Super Bowl Live employee caught in prostitution sting after responding to 'Eagles suck' Craigslist ad

He responded to a Craigslist ad posted in a police sting operation.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

What's happened?

Justin Beard, 33, of Branson, Missouri has been charged with three counts of trying to solicit girls aged 13-16 for sex in the Twin Cities.

Beard is in town for the Super Bowl, working for the Super Bowl LIVE festival in Minneapolis, and according to charges, he offered to exchange two VIP passes to the festival in exchange for sex.

How did he get caught?

According to the criminal complaint, Beard responded to a Craigslist ad on Jan. 30 that was posted the night before, entitled "Eagles suck and so does my entire family."

It was purportedly posted by a father who said he was "in town for SB and brought my open and active family ... I have a few hours to spend with you and the rest of my fun clan."

In reality, it was a sting operation by police from various Minnesota jurisdictions who are carrying out anti sex-trafficking operations during the Super Bowl.

An undercover officer posed as the father of a 15-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy, telling Beard "$200 for the pair for the hour ... I taught them well."

Related:

– Craigslist ads seek topless women to serve wealthy Super Bowl clients

Beard then allegedly responded by asking to meet up close to midnight, before asking for more information about the teens.

The officer then posed as the girl, whom he called "Giselle," and during the conversation with Beard he asked her if she enjoyed oral sex and what acts they could carry out when they could meet.

Beard said he was working at Super Bowl Live and couldn't meet them until he was finished for the day.

He then offered VIP tickets, claiming they were worth $100 each.

The undercover officer directed Beard to an apartment building police were using in Minnetonka.

When Beard arrived he was met by officers and arrested. Police then found his cellphone and sent a text from the phone they were using, confirming it was his when the text arrived.

Next Up

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, judge in dispute over Feeding Our Future case

A Ramsey County judge disputed Walz's claims that the Minnesota Department of Education was ordered by the court to resume payments to Feeding Our Future.

ambulance

2 dead, 1 with life-threatening injuries in Hwy. 7 crash

Both drivers were not wearing their seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.

Screen Shot 2022-09-25 at 11.50.33 AM

15-year-old Richfield football game shooting suspect arrested

A 16-year-old accused of instigating the altercation is also in custody.

Police tape

3 arrested after homicide, burglary in Inver Grove Heights

Charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary are pending.

fire, firefighter

Woman dies after becoming trapped in Waseca house fire

Police tried to enter the home but heavy smoke prevented them from getting inside.

ambulance

1 dead, 2 with life-threatening injuries in Minnesota crash

The crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Image (1)

School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo

None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting

Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube

Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.

J. Gordon

K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop

A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.

Related

The dark side of Super Bowl LII: Craigslist ads ask for topless women to serve wealthy clients

Police trafficking teams are investigating after GoMN came across several ads that raised immediate red flags.

In Super Bowl sting, 18 men respond to Backpage ad from '15-year-old boy'

Twin Cities police were cracking down on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.

Undercover Super Bowl sex-trafficking operation nets 40-plus arrests

14 women were also rescued from sex trafficking situations.

Eagles fans tear apart Philadelphia after Super Bowl win

Collapsing hotel awnings, pulling down traffic lights, eating horse poop? Things got real in Philly.

Eagles fans tear apart Philadelphia after Super Bowl win

Collapsing hotel awnings, pulling down traffic lights, eating horse poop? Things got real in Philly.

Serial forger jailed for selling fake Super Bowl tickets

The Maryland man has a history of deception.

Protesters shut down transit lines ahead of Super Bowl

Metro Transit is laying on replacement buses to get fans to the game.

6 arrested in juvenile prostitution sting

A personal ad placed by police received more than 150 responses.