HELENA, Mont. - An eastern Montana man and a western North Dakota man are charged with sexual abuse of children after prosecutors say they responded to online prostitution advertisements for sex with underage girls.
The Montana Department of Justice says 25-year-old Steve Cory Unger of Glasgow and 37-year-old John Allyn Parker of Elgin, North Dakota, were arrested Friday in Glendive, where officers say they arrived to have sex with girls ages 13 or 15.
Both made initial appearances in Justice Court in Glendive on Tuesday and are scheduled to enter pleas in District Court on Oct. 21.
Unger was released from jail after posting a $75,000 bond. The DOJ says Parker remains jailed in Glendive with bail set at $75,000.
The following release was sent out by Attorney General Tim Fox.
Last Friday, agents with the Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) arrested two individuals in Glendive for attempting to have sex with a child. Dawson County Attorney Olivia Rieger has charged Steven Cory Unger and John Allyn Parker with one count each of Sexual Abuse of Children.
The suspects were arrested after responding in-person to prostitution advertisements DCI agents placed on Craigslist and Backpage.com. When initially responding to the ads online, the suspects were notified that the females would be 13 and 15 years old. They then made arrangements to come to Glendive.
"This operation is part of our ongoing efforts to find and prosecute the predators who prey upon Montana's children," Attorney General Fox said. "It also testifies to the great results we can achieve when local, state, and federal law enforcement partners work together for a common goal."
Unger (25) is from the Glasgow area and Parker (37) travelled from Watford City, North Dakota. Both were bound over from justice court to Dawson County District Court yesterday. They will make their first court appearance next Tuesday. Unger was released on bond ($75,000) and Parker is currently at the Dawson County Correctional Facility.
Dawson County Undersheriff Ross Canen and Glendive Police Chief Ty Ulrich were instrumental in this undercover operation. The Billings Police Department, the Flathead, Dawson, and Blaine County Sheriff's Offices, Montana's Internet Crimes against Children task force, the Montana Gambling Control Division, North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security also assisted.