White Earth, Mahnomen law enforcement assist in sex trafficking sting

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

MAHNOMEN– The White Earth Police Department and the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking, or TRUST, Task Force last Friday in an undercover sex trafficking operation that led to three arrests in Mahnomen.

During the operation, sex buyers communicated on several social media platforms with under cover agents who posed as sex trafficking victims. The suspects were arrested as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for an encounter.

The three cited were 46-year-old Steven Bergren of Lake Park, 35-year-old Shane Lehn of Rothsay, and 59-year-old Michael Skjerven of Thief River Falls. 

Larissa Donovan was the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016, through July 2023. She covered all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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