Bellevue Police Tuesday arrested a Bellevue man who allegedly offered a 14-year-old boy alcohol, marijuana and money in return for sex.
An officer, posing as the boy on the phone, accepted an invitation to meet the suspect at the Lake Hills Shopping Center. Police were waiting when the 32-year-old man arrived at the rendezvous point at about 5:30 p.m.
The man was booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of child luring, a class C felony.
On Sept. 3, a 14-year-old Bellevue boy reported to Bellevue Police that he had been approached by man in a car asking for sexual contact. The boy said he was walking in the Crossroads neighborhood when the suspect had offered him money, then alcohol and marijuana, if he would allow the suspect to perform a sex act on him. When the boy rejected him, the man gave him his cell phone number.
The responding officer called the suspect’s phone number, posing as the boy. The suspect asked to meet with him again, and the officer agreed. Police waited at the location, but the suspect failed to show. The suspect arranged to meet again a few days later, but again failed to show.
At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, the suspect called the officer and asked to meet with him again. He offered alcohol and marijuana for sexual contact. The officer agreed to meet one more time, and alerted detectives.
When the suspect arrived, the officer recognized his vehicle based on their phone conversation. The suspect attempted to leave when he saw a patrol car, but was quickly stopped and arrested.
The suspect’s identification and criminal history are still under investigation. There are no other known victims. The victim’s identity is confidential due to his age and the nature of the crime.
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