Hanford man to serve six years for child predation

Knute Mynderup is sentenced to six years in state prison for charges involving contacting someone he believed to be a minor

Knute Mynderup
47 years old

VISALIA – Remarkably similar to a the one-time hit television show, To Catch a Predator, Hanford man Knute Mynderup got nabbed for trying to meet up with a 14-year-old child. As of Wednesday, Jan. 26, Mynderup was hit with a six-year prison sentence.

According to the Tulare County District Attorney’s office, Mynderup, 47, engaged in online communications, in late 2019, for almost two months with someone who he believed to be a 14-year-old child. That person was actually a detective from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office posing as a decoy as part of an investigation known as “Operation Safeguard” that targeted online sexual predators.

Mynderup initiated the communication and messaged the decoy about various and detailed sex acts, sent her photos and a video that were sexual in nature, tried to meet up with her on multiple occasions, and told her not to tell anyone about the messages. On Dec. 19, 2019, he went to meet the decoy in Visalia and was arrested by detectives upon arrival. Mynderup, 45 years old at the time, had brought bottles of lubricant, a box of condoms, a vibrator, a male sex enhancement pill, alcohol and a yoga outfit.

On Dec. 9, 2021, Mynderup pleaded no contest to one felony count of meeting with a person believed to be a minor for lewd purposes, and six felony counts of contacting a minor for sexual offenses. In addition to his sentence, Mynderup must register as a sex offender for life. He was remanded into custody after the sentencing.

The case was prosecuted by deputy district attorney Kelly Habroun and was investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

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