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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.
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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."

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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.

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