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Registered sex offender arrested for attempted rape of a child in Cowlitz Co.

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested a registered sex offender after he attempted to meet a 14-year-old for sex.

CCSO detectives said they arrested Walter A. Knowles, 76, of Kelso, after he showed up at a pre-arranged location to meet the minor for sex. The "girl" was actually a detective who had intercepted an online chat that Knowles was making in an attempt to meet the girl.

According to detectives, during the chat the detective clearly advised Knowles that "she" was only 14, but Knowles still asked to meet up.

Knowles is booked in the Cowlitz County Jail with no bail. He is being charged with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes (felony) and attempted rape of a child 3rd degree.

Knowles was convicted in 1998 for child molestation in the first degree.

The Clark County Digital Evidence Cyber Crime Unit assisted in the investigation.

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