Crime

University Place teenager charged with trying to lure boy to secluded area

Staff writerNovember 8, 2013 

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a University Place high school student with two sex crimes for his alleged interactions with two 13-year-old boys.

Kasey Joseph Curulla, 18, pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of luring and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Bail was set at $75,000.

Prosecutors contend Curulla tried to lure one of the boys to a secluded area Monday by offering him $10. When the boy said no, Curulla attempted to grab him but the boy ran off, court records show.

About a week before, Curulla attempted to talk another 13-year-old boy into a sex act, the records show. That boy declined.

Detectives picked Curulla up at Curtis High School on Tuesday afternoon.

Under questioning, Curulla at first minimized his interactions with the boy he talked to Monday but later admitted he wanted to expose himself to the boy, court records show.

Witnesses later contacted by detectives said Curulla tried to talk the other boy into sex near Drum Intermediate School several days before.

Curulla allegedly told detectives he has "urges" to expose himself to people, court records show.

"He said that it was like a drug," the records state. "Every few months these urges become overpowering, and he has trouble controlling them."

Curulla told detectives he was glad Monday's alleged victim got away from him, the records show.

"The defendant acknowledged he has problems with his urges and needs help," the records state.

 

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