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Police: Man posed online as teen boy to lure girls

Tue., Sept. 28, 2010, 5:48 p.m.

A Spokane Valley man is accused of arranging meeting with young girls while posing as a teen boy on the Internet, then offering them money for sex.

Bradley Thomas Oliver, 44, was arrested at his work Tuesday on four counts of commercial sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The sheriff’s office began investigating him in June after two 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. The girls declined and called police.

A search of Oliver’s cell phone by Deputy Damon Simmons revealed phone calls to a 13-year-old girl who told investigators Oliver lived in the 16100 block of East Broad. She and the other girls identified Oliver from a photo lineup, the sheriff’s office said.

“Simmons said The case underscores the importance of parents knowing who their children are communicating with on the Internet and having open lines of communication so children are comfortable reporting this type of incident,” according to a news release.

Oliver was convicted of solicitation of a prostitute in 2005, which court records show was amended from communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

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