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Mounds View Sex Offender Accused Of Luring A Teen

Police TapeST. PAUL — A 33-year-old sex offender is accused of luring a 16-year-old girl to his apartment.

Nathaniel Lee Betzler was charged Friday with possession of child pornography and depriving another of parental rights.

The 16-year-old allegedly met Betzler online, told him she was having trouble at home and he offered her a place to stay. Police found the girl at his Mounds View apartment Nov. 19.

Court records show that Betzler was convicted of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Anoka County in 1998 and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Sherburne County in 2007.

According to a criminal complaint, police found seven photos of the teen on Betzler’s phone – one of her face and six of naked parts of her body.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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