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Perham man sent to jail for attempted internet chat with 13-year-old girl

John Patrick Flatley, 54, of Perham, was sentenced in Otter Tail County District Court on Monday following a felony conviction of engaging in electronic communication relating to sexual conduct with a child.

A deputy in Kalispell, Mont., conducted an undercover computer chat investigation and posed as a 13-year-old girl while communicating with Flatley, according to court records.

Flatley admitted to authorities that in the recent past he had begun to use internet chat rooms as a method of dealing with his urges for children. His communication with the undercover deputy in Montana took place between May 10 and Nov. 2, 2012.

He will serve 90 days in the county jail and pay a $1,000 fine. A sentence of 20 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud was stayed for four years.

Tom Hintgen, Otter Tail County Correspondent