An Albertville man who used an Internet-based Craigslist advertisement to try and lure teens for a President’s Day tryst will have to serve time in jail for the incident.
Donald J. Tisdale, 58, of Albertville was sentenced to three days in the Ramsey County jail and three years of probation for solicitation of a child. The sentence was handed down Thursday, July 9 in Ramsey County Court.
KSTP television announced the sentencing Thursday.
According to a criminal complaint:
Donald James Tisdale, 58, of Albertville, was arrested by officers from the St. Paul Police Department after an investigator from SPPD and the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Monday after they responded to Tisdale’s ad asking “Who is Playing Hooky from School Today?”
The complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court shows that investigators posed as a 14-year-old girl, telling Tisdale through messages they would meet up with him somewhere in St. Paul, which is where Tisdale works.
The complaint goes on to state:
Officers responded to Tisdale’s ad with an “age regressed” picture of a female employee at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension included. After receiving that message, the person who placed the ad, allegedly Tisdale, asked if the respondent was “OK with older men?”
Conversation revolved around the respondent’s encounter with “other older men,” with Tisdale asking “How far did you go with him.” The advertiser also sent a picture of himself with his pants around his ankles.
After asking for the “girl’s” address, the police officer responded with a rendezvous point near Maryland and White Bear Avenues in St. Paul. The advertiser said that would work, the complaint continues, because he worked in St. Paul by Minnesota Highway 280.
Tisdale arrived in a car and matched the photos sent by the advertiser. He was arrested at the scene around 11:40 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, the complaint states.