By Saturday, this quiet residential neighborhood had, on the surface, returned to normal. The sun warmed the morning chill. A dog barked in the distance, and children played in their backyards. But inside an otherwise empty stone-and-brick rental house were reminders of an undercover police operation that caused an uproar in this neighborhood last week: Electronic equipment was stacked on a kitchen counter. A stuffed toy hung from a chandelier like a Christmas ornament.
Police: Youth volleyball coach caught in child sex sting. SEATTLE -- An Eastside youth volleyball coach has been charged with attempted child rape following allegations he solicited sex from a police detective posing online as a year-old girl. King County prosecutors claim Ronald Swafford, 58, showed up for his Feb. According to charging documents, Swafford contacted the undercover detective online and identified himself as a youth volleyball coach. Police statements and online records show Swafford was a coach with the Northshore Junior Volleyball Program, a club program for girls younger than Swafford then launched into a lengthy email and text message exchange with the "girl," said Seattle detective, who is assigned to the department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
An online sting involving law enforcement agents posing as an adult woman offering a year-old girl for sex nabbed at least six local men, who now face felony charges after their arrests. According to charging documents filed in Flathead County District Court, each of the men responded to undercover Internet Crimes Against Children ICAC agents posing either as an adult woman offering a year-old girl for sex or as an underage teen. Of the local men arrested, court documents say that five of them allegedly sought out sexual conduct with a year-old, while one, Benjamin David Emrich, allegedly propositioned an agent posing as a year-old for sex. Investigators reported that on Aug. Prosecutors say he started communicating with the agents via text message.
A Queensland man travelled across the country "armed" with a sex toy and a pornographic DVD in order to engage in sex with a fictitious year-old girl, a Perth judge says. John Andrew Wakeling, 41 was sentenced to at least one year and two months behind bars for procuring a person he believed to be under 13 for sexual activity. For three weeks between April and May this year, Wakeling engaged in almost daily internet chat conversations with a girl he believed was 12 years-old.