A Beaverton man who owns a Gresham restaurant was arrested last week after he allegedly propositioned a 13-year-old girl online and drove to McMinnville to have sex with her.
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Insik 'Brian' Choe, 55, on charges of first-degree sexual abuse Sept. 6, said Lt. Ken Summers, a sheriff's office spokesman. Yamhill County Jail officials released Choe after he posted $1,000 of his $10,000 bail.
Choe, who reportedly co-owns Sushiville in Gresham, left the restaurant and drove nearly 55 miles to meet someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl at a McDonald's on Highway 99W, Summers said.
But the girl he met in an online chat room Sept. 2 was really an undercover volunteer from Perverted Justice, a national organization dedicated to uncovering online sexual predators.
Perverted Justice volunteers use fake Internet profiles to pose online as underage teens.
After Choe allegedly arranged on Sept. 6 to meet the girl for sex, the volunteer contacted sheriff's deputies who reviewed the online chat to confirm the allegations.
During the chats, Choe portrayed himself as a 35-year-old businessman who said he was too busy to ever get married. In reality, he is a 55-year-old married man, Summers said.
'The discussions did turn to sexual issues, and he did proposition her,' Summers said, adding that Choe inquired about the girl's physique, specifically her bra size. ' … He said he'd show her a good time and … said very clearly that he was planning to touch her.'
Sheriff's deputies came up with an arrangement of their own. Using a 19-year-old police cadet as a decoy, undercover officers waited in the restaurant where Choe planned to meet the girl. After moving toward the decoy, Choe reportedly noticed the undercover officers and tried to make a run for it in his white Toyota van, Summers said.
Deputies caught and arrested him at 8:45 p.m.