A 23-year-old man from Little Canada who admitted to answering a Craigslist ad for a baby sitter and using the child he was caring for to make a pornographic video has been sentenced 20 years in prison.
Aaron Jay Lemon was sentenced in Minneapolis on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge David Doty in connection with the incident, which occurred in August 2007 in St. Paul. His sentence includes supervised release for life.
The incident involving Lemon added to the negative spotlight on Craigslist, a central network of online communities that features free classified ads for everything from cars and real estate to jobs.
Katherine Ann Olson, 24, was killed in October 2007 after she answered a Craigslist ad for a baby sitter. Michael John Anderson, 20, of Savage, is scheduled to stand trial in her death this year.
Also, two defendants pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in St. Paul to advertising for sex partners on Craigslist so they could pick the pockets of those who responded. Then they allegedly used stolen IDs, checks or bank records to buy merchandise and prescription painkillers.
The San Francisco-based Craigslist announced late last year that it has entered into a pact with more than 40 states and territories to prevent people from posting classified ads that can facilitate prostitution, human trafficking, child exploitation and other illegal activities.