9 Men Arrested in Washington State Undercover Child Predator Sting

9 Men Arrested in Washington State Undercover Child Predator Sting
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Nine men have been arrested in Washington following an undercover predator sting by Oregon authorities.

In a statement, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said investigators had launched the operation on Oct. 17.

Officers posed as 15-year-old boys and girls on a number of social media platforms and dating sites, and were contacted by the predators who arranged to meet for sex.

The predators were arrested by undercover deputies at a location where they believed they would be meeting the child in person.

The statement said that nine different men were caught in the sting.

They were identified as Joseph Kenneth Raney, 30, of Portland; Brandon Daily Perkins, 36, of McMinnville; Brent Wayne Pruitt, 41, of Portland; Maverick William Pfel, 39, of Beaverton; Christopher Michael Mckane, 40, of Beaverton; Jonathan Arthur Hauck, 48, of Newberg; Tou Moua, 37, of Happy Valley; Wayne Michael Redman, 29, of Portland; and Gaspar Gaona-Aguilar, 48, of Beaverton.

 

Gaona-Aguilar was also arrested for criminal driving while suspended and a probation violation related to his registered sex offender status, according to the statement.

Jonathan Arthur Hauck also had an outstanding probation violation warrant, it said.

All of the named men now face felony charges of luring a minor and first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.

Authorities said they regularly conduct undercover operations targeting child predators.

They encouraged parents to help their children to remain safe online by staying aware of any websites and mobile applications their children are using.

The statement said that during the sting, multiple people immediately ended their conversations once they learned the person they were talking with was identifying as a child.

According to RAACE, 1 in 3 girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused by age 18, however, only 1 in 10 children who are sexually abused will ever tell anyone.

The report states that an estimated 80 to 90 percent of offenders are male, while 10 to 20 percent of offenders are female.

It adds that about 40 percent of offenders of children under 12 are children or adolescents themselves, and 90 percent of offenders are someone the child knows and trusts.

“Grooming increases the predator’s access to his victim and decreases the likelihood of discovery,” the report explains.

Meanwhile, the Children’s Assessment Center states that pedophiles look for certain characteristics in potential victims, which include children who are passive, quiet, troubled, and lonely.

It said: “Family structure is the most important risk factor in child sexual abuse. Children who live with two married biological parents are at low risk for abuse.

“The risk increases when children live with step-parents or a single parent. Children living without either parent (foster children) are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused than children that live with both biological parents.

The report added: “Children who live with a single parent that has a live-in partner are at the highest risk: They are 20 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse than children living with both biological parents.”

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Copperhead · 1 months ago
    I would imagine the statistics presented are wildly exaggerated by the various organizations. Also, this sounds like typical FBI entrapment. More 'low hanging fruit' instead of going after the high profile celebrity offenders.
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    Paul Lambert · 1 months ago
    1 in 3 girls and 1 in 17 boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18? That is BS.

    Never overstate a case. This is a very serious issue as it is and it risks being whitewashed by wild claims. It reminds me of the BS claim that 1 in 4 women on college campuses are raped. A total lie.

    That this crap happens at all is bad enough. Go after the culprits, but keep away from the exaggerations.
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    Me · 1 months ago
    This is a Oregon story not Washington.
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    William Durant · 1 months ago
    Hal,
    May I suggest that you create a new tab on your website and call it the "Wall Of Shame".

    On the "Wall Of Shame" will go the Name, State, Zip Code, and their crimes against humanity.

    The Pedophiles of the World need to know that their day's of child exploitation are over and that this administration will be sure that they never harm a child again.