According to a press release from CPPD Chief Troy Tomaras, the investigation was prompted following a complaint from a man located in the Netherlands who received illicit communication from the suspect through a social media account. The complainant reports the messages quickly became sexual in nature, which included video messages. The suspect was very explicit and believed the victim was a young underage male.
Tomaras said CPPD officers quickly identified the suspect and served a search warrant of the suspect’s residence located on SE Cedar Bend Drive in College Place. Officers recovered a cell phone, computers and data storage devices believed to contain additional evidence. A forensic analysis will be conducted on the recovered electronic devices says Detective Brian Fortin. Additional charges may be pending.
The CPPD urges parents to be mindful of who their children are communicating with through social media. There are several tips to help prevent children from being exploited through social media to include spending time with them online. Inspecting their online activity. Tomaras recommends teaching your kids to report inappropriate messages or images and limiting the use of online devices.
The suspect was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail pending further investigation.