NEW ULM, MN- On Friday, the Brown County Attorney’s Office concluded a two-day jury trial, and found 70-year-old Lawrence David Depyper guilty of Prostitution with a Minor.

The Brown County Jury deliberated a total of 8 minutes before returning a verdict of guilty.

Assistant Brown County Attorney Dan Kalk who prosecuted the case stated “I am pleased with the jury’s verdict. The jury considered all the evidence and arrived quickly at the correct determination. It is also encouraging to know that these sex stings conducted by law enforcement are helping to keep this community safe from those that would otherwise prey on children. Our law enforcement sex trafficking group have put in an incredible amount of time and training making sure that these stings are effective. They deserve credit for making our communities in Brown County safer.”

Depyper was arrested on August 26th, 2017, as a result of a sting operation conducted by local law enforcement that was held in the town of Springfield, MN.

Depyper was one of 8 suspects arrested in the two-day operation.

This investigation was supervised by Hohensee and assisting departments were the Springfield Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Department, Nicollet County Sheriff’s Department and the Mankato Department of Public Safety.