GOLD BEACH, Ore. — The Curry County Sheriff's Office says that two men have been arrested after a sting operation for online sexual corruption of children, with more arrests anticipated in the days ahead.
During April, detectives from the Sheriff's Office worked with a local task force seeking to find and arrest men who were seeking out children and "attempting to engage them in sexualized chat" or meet up for sex.
The investigation found five men in southern Oregon between the ages of 21 and 71, who each participated in sexualized chats online — sending pornographic pictures and videos to someone that they thought was a child, the Sheriff's Office said.
Two of those men arranged to meet up in person with the "child" for sex. When they arrived at the appointed location, however, they were met by deputies and detectives from the task force, which included elements of the Sheriff's Office, Brookings Police, and Oregon State Police.
The men were identified as 47-year-old Domonique Jason Mclean and 71-year-old Robert Chester Wittren, who both live or have temporary addresses in Curry County. Both men were arrested and charged with Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree, and Luring a Minor.
The Sheriff's Office says that the task force has probable cause to arrest three other men, with arrest warrants forthcoming.
"The Curry County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind and caution parents that their children’s electronic devices, to include gaming systems give their child a doorway to the rest of the world," the agency said in a statement. "Unfortunately, there is no shortage of people looking to exploit them in one form or another. Please educate your children about the dangers that exist online and monitor their use of devices connected to the internet."