ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud man was arrested in a prostitution sting last November after he allegedly tried to pay a 15-year-old girl for sex.

A felony count of prostitution was filed this week against 40-year-old Ryan Mulliner.

According to the criminal complaint, Mulliner told investigators he went to the hotel to try to convince the girl to stop prostituting herself. Records show however, text messages from Mulliner included terms commonly associated with buying sex, and he wanted to make sure it wasn't a trap by the police.

Mulliner was arrested at the hotel where the encounter was to take place and police say he had a large amount of cash on him.

Mulliner told investigators he was just going to meet the girl to convince her to "please don't do this anymore."

He's due in court April 17th.