Online chats good time with girl goes bust in FBI sting
- Beaverton Valley Times - News
Who's that girl? It might be an undercover police officer
The 30-year-old Beaverton man had plenty of condoms and a bag of marijuana in his silver Honda Civic.
What he didn't have was a clue that the 14-year-old girl he was talking with in an Internet chat line was really a Beaverton police officer.
He didn't figure it out until police arrested him Oct. 4 while he waited for the 'girl' to show up for a date.
Now the man, Jose Antonio Martinez, 5920 S.W. Erickson, No. 15, faces a federal charge of using interstate commerce to entice or attempt to entice a minor for sex.
Martinez was in U.S. District Court Oct. 5 and will be arraigned on the charge Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Martinez was caught in a trap laid by the FBI's Innocent Images Task Force with help from Beaverton Police Department Det. Chad Opitz.
It was Opitz in the Yahoo! Chat room playing the part of a 14-year-old girl 'talking' online with 'ontop503,' who turned out to be Martinez.
It also was the second time since mid-May that Opitz helped the FBI nab someone who was apparently trying to lure a 14-year-old girl he met online into a sexual rendezvous.
In May, Opitz pretended to be a young girl while talking with 48-year-old Ricky Lee Harrison of Beaverton, who also tried to entice the girl to have sex.
Police arrested him at the westside light-rail station on Southwest 185th Avenue while he waited for 'Kim.' Harrison had with him several wine coolers and condoms, something the young online girl told him to bring.
Opitz has been a part of the FBI task force since February.
According to court records, Martinez's chat with the 'girl' (Optiz) and 'ontop503' (Martinez's online identity) began at about 1:11 p.m. Oct. 4. Ontop503 was pretty straightforward in his requests, offering to let the girl smoke as much '420' (marijuana) as she wanted in exchange for some sexual contact.
By 1:36 p.m., the man had made a date to pick up the young girl (Opitz told him her age during the online conversation) at a doughnut shop on the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
The girl said to bring some condoms and a lot of '420.' The man obliged, showing up at about 2:15 p.m. in his silver Civic, driving cautiously around the doughnut shop looking for a girl.
When he didn't see her, the man drove off, but was stopped a few blocks away by Beaverton officers.
When confronted with the information about the online chat, the man said he made a serious mistake.
Apparently the man began the online chat at a cybercafe on Southwest Lombard Avenue and told the girl they could 'hang out' at his apartment.
Charges against Martinez arose in connection with the Innocent Images National Initiative, an investigative program designed to crack down on people who traffic in child pornography and those who prey on children online.
The Portland FBI's Innocent Images Task Force includes representatives from the Beaverton Police Department.