Child Abuse Case Leads Police to Man Who Offered Dog Online For Sex

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The Seattle Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce detectives arrested a Toledo, WA man this week after investigators discovered he had offered his dog up online for sexual encounters and had prior online exchanges with a couple convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old.

In instant messages with the couple, the man said he liked to watch adults sexually abusing children, offered to set up an encounter with a young child, and later asked for, and receiving, a picture of the husband’s genitals.

ICAC detectives obtained a warrant and traced the email and messages back to a 56-year-old Toledo, WA man. They soon discovered he had also posted elsewhere online, offering to provide his German Shepherd  to another person online for a sexual encounter. He included a detailed description of his dog’s genitals, and bragged about previously coordinating a sexual encounter between a neighbor and his dog, which he said was witnessed by another young child.

ICAC detectives served a warrant at the man’s home on Monday and found images of child sexual abuse on his computer and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for possession of images of sexual abuse of a child. The man is a retired Firefighter from California who relocated to Washington State in recent years.

After serving the warrant, detectives learned the man had recently relinquished ownership of his dogs. They are now investigating whether any of the animals, including the German Shepherd, were abused and are working to ensure they are well cared for.