Bail set at $500,000 for University Place student accused of trying to lure young boy

Staff writerNovember 6, 2013 

A Curtis High School student could face charges for allegedly trying to lure a younger boy into a nearby wooded area by offering him money, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives believe the 18-year-old planned to sexually assault the 13-year-old victim.

The incident happened about 4 p.m. Monday as the boy walked home from school in the 6900 block of 44th Street West.

“The subject stopped the boy and asked if he wanted to make $10,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “The boy said no but the guy grabbed him. The boy broke away and ran off.”

When the victim got home, he told his mother what happened and she immediately called police. She then drove around looking for the man until she found him in a shopping center. The mother snapped his photograph and sent it to detectives, Troyer said.

A school resource officer recognized the man because he has a juvenile conviction for indecent exposure, officials said. The man was pulled out of class and arrested Tuesday.

Jeff Chamberlin, an assistant superintendent with University Place School District, sent a letter home to parents notifying them of the incident and reminding them that “the safety of our students is our highest priority.”

At a court hearing Wednesday, prosecutors asked a judge to hold the man until Friday while deputies continue to investigate the incident. Bail was set at $500,000.

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