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Accused online predator Islam pleads not guilty

Beaverton man charged over alleged sexual overtures to St. Helens teen

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - MD Shahidul Islam, in a booking photo.MD Shahidul Islam, a 26-year-old Beaverton man charged with online sexual corruption of a minor in the first degree, attempted rape in the third degree and prostitution, pleaded not guilty to his charges Tuesday morning, Jan. 20, in Columbia County Circuit Court.

Islam was arrested Jan. 10 at the St. Helens Wal-Mart in a sting operation. He has since been released on bail.

According to St. Helens police, Islam carried on an online relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Investigators say he misrepresented himself online and tried to get sexual with the girl. The girl told her parents, who reported it to police.

Islam drove to St. Helens under the impression he was meeting the 14-year-old girl, but was quickly arrested.

He is due back in court at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, for a pretrial settlement conference.

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