A Salem man was caught in an online sting in Redmond Tuesday morning, accused by police of trying to arrange sex with a 15-year-old girl. That girl, it turned out, was an undercover police detective.
Redmond Police say that Daniel Holman Jr., 50, reached out online to the fictitious girl Monday. During their interaction, Holman allegedly acknowledged the girl was 15 and then began having sexually explicit conversations with her. Holman arranged to travel to Redmond to meet the girl and have sexual contact, Redmond Police said.
Holman allegedly contacted the girl Tuesday morning, saying he was in the area of SW 31st Street and SW Highland Avenue on the western edge of Redmond. Police said he was arrested for first degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring of a minor and taken to the Deschutes County Jail on $25,000 bail. He did not appear in the jail register as of Tuesday afternoon.
According to Oregon Law ORS 167.057 it is illegal for a person to use visual representation or explicit verbal description or narrative account of sexual conduct for the purpose of inducing a minor, if the difference in age is greater than three years, to engage in sexual conduct. According to Oregon Law ORS 163.432 it is also illegal for a person 18 years of age or older to use online communication to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the person or another person and to offer or agree to physically meet with the child.
Redmond Police remind the public that if they suspect a child of being a victim of abuse, a report can be filed to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233); 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Child abuse or neglect can also be reported to police department by calling dispatch at 541-693-6911 for non-emergency situations and 911 if it is an emergency.