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Social media investigation results in arrest of Monroe man
A Washington man was arrested Aug. 20 by Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies for having immoral communications with a person he believed was an underage girl from South Kitsap.
According to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office news release, Nathan Daniel Wood, 22, of Monroe, was booked into Kitsap County Jail on charges of communication with a minor for immoral purposes and attempted third-degree rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000.
Deputies started the investigation after a South Kitsap woman discovered that her 14 year-old daughter was on a social media dating website posing as a 19 year-old female. The mother contacted two males with whom the daughter was conversing in the website chat room. The mother explained the circumstances and her daughter’s actual age, stated the news release.
One of the males ended his communications; the second male did not. The mother took over chat conversations with the male, in the role of her underage daughter. Over the course of several days, the suspect engaged in sexually explicit conversations, via text messaging, and sent a picture of his genitalia to the person whom he believed was the young teenager, reported KCSO.
The mother reported the incident to Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies who took custody of the girl’s cell phone. After the initial complaint the case was handed over to detectives with the sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) who resumed communications with the suspect, posing as the young teen.
Upon establishing probable cause for an arrest, sheriff’s SIU detectives traveled to Monroe, in Snohomish County, where they had arranged to meet with the suspect. The suspect was arrested without incident after arriving at a pre-arranged rendezvous location.
The male was found in possession of a condom at the time of his arrest and admitted to the sexually explicit communications, as well as his intent to have sex with the girl after she arrived, according to deputies.