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Police: Bend man offered to buy Florida girl bus ticket to Oregon for sex

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Joel Hoffman, jail booking photo Joel Hoffman, jail booking photo
BEND, OR (KPTV) -

A Bend man is accused of using an app to contact a girl in Florida and attempting to lure her to Oregon for sex.

Joel Hoffman, 42, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of luring a minor for sexual conduct and use of a child in a display of sexual conduct.

Detectives in Florida provided information to the Bend Police Department about Hoffman using a phone app called FriendLife to contact the girl. Investigators said he knew she was under 18 years old.

Detectives said Hoffman repeatedly had sexually explicit conversations with the girl, including the exchange of explicit photos.

Investigators said Hoffman advised the girl he would purchase a bus ticket for her to come to Oregon.

Bend offers performed a traffic stop on his car Wednesday. Detectives then executed search warrants at his home, his place of employment and on his vehicle.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Wes Murphy at 541-693-6911.

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