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Money-for-sex suspect out of jail on bond

A Spokane Valley man accused of offering young girls money for sex after posing as a young man on Internet is out of jail on $20,000 bond.

Bradley Thomas Oliver, 44, left the Spokane County Jail Wednesday about 5:50 p.m., a few hours after his lawyer told a judge he’d been unjustly arrested and that she was violating the law by imposing bond. 

“There simply is not one shred of evidence that he will commit a violent crime,” lawyer Phillip Wetzel told Superior Court Judge Annette Plese. He said Oliver should have been summonsed to an arraignment but instead was arrested at his work, which likely cost him his job.

Wetzel described Oliver as a Spokane resident since 1988 who owns a home and pays $500 each month in child support. He said Plese would be violating the law if she didn’t allow him to leave jail on his own recognizance.

Deputy Prosecutor Ed Hay had a short response: “We can (downplay) sexual abuse of a minor, your honor, but I’d ask you not to.”

Hay cited Oliver’s previous conviction for soliciting a prostitute. “These are indeed dangerous offenses to the young women involved and we’re concerned about what he might do in the community if he’s released,” the prosecutor said.

A woman who identified herself as the mother of Oliver’s children urged Plese to prohibit him from seeing their children.

Plese said Oliver is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 - including his own children. Wetzel said he may appeal the $20,000 bond also imposed by Plese.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Oliver in June after three girls said they agreed to meet a teen boy at Target, 13724 E. Sprague Ave., but were instead confronted by Oliver, who offered them each $200 for sex, according to court documents.

The girls, who had arranged the meeting through MySpace.com, declined and called police. Oliver allegedly asked for sex again through text messages.

Past coverage:

Sept. 28: Police: Man posed as teen boy online to lure girls

Police: Robber held toddler at knifepoint

A home-invasion robber held a toddler at knife-point to coerce a woman who later used a MySpace photo to identify him, according to police.

The suspect, Pierre J. Davis, 21, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday, more than four months after police say he held a knife to a 2-year-old boy’s throat while demanding debit card information from the boy’s mother.

Detectives used interviews and a search warrant for cell phone records to develop a case against Davis after the woman spotted his photo on MySpace. He was booked into jail on Monday. Court documents do not identify two additional suspects but said each was armed with a knife. 

Read the rest of my story here.

It’s not the first time Davis has been linked to a crime connected to the once-popular social networking site.

He has a conviction for riot in connection with a February 2008 gang-related shooting that stemmed from a message posted on a Murder 1 Crips gang member’s MySpace page. The message targeted a rival gang, the Blocc Hustler Crips, of which Davis was reportedly a member, according to court documents. Read more here.

Wife killer in MySpace case gets 18 years

A Spokane man who killed his estranged wife, then impersonated her on MySpace to try duping family members into thinking she was still alive, will spend 18 years in prison, a judge ruled today.

Uriah J. Brosnan, 34, (pictured above, courtesy KHQ) pleaded guilty to the Jan. 28, 2009, beating death of Becky Brosnan, 32, in December in a plea deal that called for him to serve 220 months, the most possible for second-degree murder.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen imposed that sentence today after about two hours of testimony from family, including Uriah Brosnan’s current girlfriend.

“This was a vicious murder that went on for some period of time,” said Eitzen. “220 months is all the law allows me to impose, and I apologize for that because I don’t think it’s long enough.”

The Brosnans were married for about 10 years and had two children before a contentious divorce sparked the ongoing custody dispute that court documents say led to Becky Brosnan’s murder.

Detectives found her body Feb. 9 in a debris pile behind a roofing company where Uriah Brosnan worked.

Past coverage:

Man faces 18 years in wife’s death

Man impersonated wife online after killing her

Brosnans had no contact order in 1997

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