Police and federal agents said they arrested four men in Beaverton Thursday as part of a child predator sting.
The operation, conducted by the Beaverton Police Department and The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, focused on identifying and arresting adults intending to have sex with children aged 15 and under.
Detectives said they communicated with the four men, who ranged in age from 19 to 45 and thought they were coming to Beaverton for sex with a child.
Beaverton detective Chad Opitz told FOX 12 it’s getting easier for both offenders and children to be someone else online, adding that in the current digital age, it’s extremely important for parents to keep an open line of communication with their kids.
“Sadly, there’s a lot of awful things that happen to kids, and that’s just something we’re always trying to keep up with, but it just seems like we can’t,” Opitz said.
He was one of the officers involved in the sting but would not say which site or apps were used.
As the detective said, though, sites as accessible as Facebook or Craigslist are where many illegal ad postings can begin.
“I tell people don’t be so focused on only bad things that are on the dark web,” he explained. “You have a lot of legitimate websites that have normal legal functions that people utilize as well to take advantage of in this case youth.”
The four men arrested were 24-year-old Blake Aaron Dufault, 19-year-old David Fiks, 45-year-old William Glenn Street and 31-year-old Jacob River Wren.
All four were arrested on charges of online sexual corruption and luring a minor, and they are being held in the Washington County Jail. Detectives noted that Fiks and Street face two counts each of online sexual corruption and luring a minor and that two of the men traveled over state lines.
“That’s a big concern,” Opitz told FOX 12. “These guys are traveling, and it goes to show that the distance isn’t going to stop these people from doing what they ultimately want to do.”
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