Crime

$2 million bail set for Lakewood man charged in undercover child sex operation

A convicted sex offender is the last to be charged in connection with a two-week undercover sting in Pierce County that targeted people willing to pay for sex with children.

Cliff Jones, 41, of Lakewood, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree rape of a child. Bail was set at $2 million and prosecutors said they will file a persistent offender notice.

When Jones was arrested earlier this month during Operation Net Nanny, he was out on $75,000 bail on an unrelated case in which he’s charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation for allegedly touching a friend’s 9-year-old daughter inappropriately.

He also has a 2000 conviction for first-degree child molestation.

Jones answered an online ad placed by undercover detectives and made arrangements to have sex with what he believed to be an 11-year-old girl and 8-year-old girl, according to charging papers.

During those conversations, Jones allegedly talked about prior incidents where he molested children and mentioned he was facing legal trouble.

“The defendant states he was afraid of being caught by law enforcement and still insisted on meeting first to make sure it was real,” according to court papers.

Jones was one of 10 people arrested by the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force during the undercover operation, which ended Dec. 19.

A similar operation in August netted nine arrests.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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