WEST FARGO — A Moorhead man accused of trying to have sex with a young girl on Craigslist also allegedly took sexually explicit photos and video of a minor while spying on the child.
James Duane Vanraden, 46, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted in Cass County District Court of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity, a Class A felony.
He also was charged with promoting sexual performance by a minor and luring minors by a computer, both of which are Class B felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
A criminal complaint filed Friday, July 17, details a monthslong investigation that began in December with a Craigslist ad posted online by a West Fargo Police detective. The ad was looking for a tutor to teach a 10-year-old girl, court documents said.
Vanraden asked what kind of tutor the ad creator was looking for, the complaint said. The defendant wrote he liked bestiality and underage children, wanted to have sex with the child and asked how much it would cost, court documents alleged.
He allegedly said he was willing to pay $500 for the child and later paid $200, the complaint alleged. He also sent money to another person to have sex with another child, according to the complaint.
As Vanraden tried to set up a meeting to buy the child for the night, he also said he had been spying on another child, according to court documents. He admitted to taking multiple nude pictures of the child through a hole in the door, as well as a short video of the girl urinating, court documents alleged.
A search warrant of Vanraden’s home on Thursday, July 16, turned up a video and photos matching the defendant’s description, court documents said. He was booked into Cass County Jail the same day.
Vanraden was appointed an attorney, Daniel Bertsch, through the public defender's office. The lawyer said he couldn't comment on the case, noting he had yet to see Vanraden's file.