Crime

Pierce County man charged with sending sexual messages to friend’s young daughter

The conversations started out innocent enough.

It was mostly chatting about horror stories published on a popular website. Then the topic delved into sex, violent fantasies and requests that the young girl come live with him.

She was 14. He was 45 and her father’s best friend.

The girl’s aunt found the exchange of messages while the girl was visiting her home and she reported them to the girl’s parents. They called the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and forwarded 30 pages of messages.

Prosecutors have charged Kenneth Hageman II with four counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. He is to be arraigned Jan. 21.

There is no evidence of physical contact between Hageman and the girl, prosecutors said.

“The defendant tried to get (the girl) to visit or live with him,” according to charging papers. “He repeatedly attempted to get her to engage in conversations of a sexual nature.”

The girl allegedly told investigators she was “shocked” when her chats with Hageman turned to a sexually violent story he had created involving her.

They began talking over social media when the girl entered sixth grade, records show.

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