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E-mail Correspondence Puts Oregon Girl at Risk
On April 20, 2006, a concerned father in Medford, Oregon reported to the CyberTipline that his 13-year-old daughter had developed an E-mail relationship with a 32-year-old adult male.
An analyst with NCMEC's Exploited Child Unit (ECU) contacted the child's family and requested copies of the E-mail correspondence. These E-mails revealed graphic comments by the suspect regarding the child's body and suggestions of sexual activity between the two. The suspect also told the child that these conversations were to be their "little secret."
The next morning, the child's parents contacted NCMEC again after learning that the suspect asked the child to meet him, alone, at a local mall. Two photos of the reported suspect were provided to assist law enforcement and all of this information was forwarded to the OJJDP-funded Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
That afternoon, investigators waited for the suspect at the mall. During this time, they photographed him as he waited for the child to arrive. When the child did not show, a second meeting was arranged at a local park. When the suspect arrived at the park, he was taken into custody without incident. Notably, he was found with inappropriate gifts for the child.
The suspect has been charged with Attempted Sodomy in the Second Degree and Attempt Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.