A 33-year-old Vancouver man was arrested Friday following a weeks-long child predator sting in Benton County, Ore.
Daniel Lee Baldie is facing charges of luring a minor, first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and attempted using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. He was booked into the Benton County Jail, according to a news release from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
In January, an undercover deputy, posing as a child, responded to an online ad that was seeking “younger girls.” Baldie offered to drive to Corvallis, Ore., to meet and drive the child back to Vancouver for sex. He was arrested when he arrived Friday night in Corvallis, the sheriff’s office said.
The Vancouver Police Department served a search warrant at Baldie’s residence. His wife, who was not identified, was interviewed as a possible co-conspirator for second-degree attempted rape of a child, and several electronic devices were seized. The couple’s three children were taken into protective custody, according to the sheriff’s office.
Vancouver police detectives are working with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Benton County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to report any suspected online enticement of children to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at http://CyberTipline.org or 1-800-843-5678.