Crime

State Health Department worker charged with trying to have sex with underage girl

A worker for the state Department of Health pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he tried to pay for sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Brandon Prall, 32, of Tumwater is charged with commercial sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree attempted rape of a child. He is being jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Prall is a health services consultant who works with programs involving kids, records show. Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Prall not to have contact with children.

He was arrested Wednesday at a Lakewood hotel, where he went thinking he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex, according to charging papers.

Prall contacted someone who turned out to be a police informant days before through Backpage.com and asked the person to arrange sex with an underage girl, according to the documents. The informant notified Lakewood police, who arrived at the hotel in place of the girl.

Danielle Kenneweg, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, said she could not provide details about Prall’s employment because of an internal investigation.

“We’re looking into appropriate personnel action at this time,” she said.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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