Another local child predator gets a slap on the wrist

A Thief River Falls, Minn., man was sentenced in Cass County District Court on Monday, July 24, to two years of supervised probation for his conviction on a charge of patronizing a minor for commercial sex.

Thomas A. Manning was also ordered to pay about $1,000 in fees.

He was found guilty in April after conceding the facts of the state’s case against him were correct.

Manning was 54 last summer when he and 17 other men were charged as part of a law enforcement sex sting called Guardian Angel.

He is also one of a number of defendants who have stipulated the cases against them are essentially what prosecutors claimed.

A number of those cases have been appealed to the North Dakota State Supreme Court based on an argument that the sting operation involved no actual minors.

As part of operation Guardian Angel, law enforcement agents placed ads online in which someone purporting to be a young female was seeking contact with males for money. However, the “young female” was actually a female law enforcement agent.