SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington State Patrol worker was arrested in a sting operation after showing up in a hotel room where he expected to find two kids but was rather satisfied by a SWAT team, police said.
The Seattle Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit detained the worker, identified from the King County Prosecutor’s office since 27-year-old Trevor J. Smith, on allegations of attempted child rape.
The Seattle Times reported the prosecutors stated, according to data given by State Patrol, the guy worked as a commercial vehicle enforcement officer assigned to the school bus inspection program.
He hasn’t been charged. Prosecutors said bond was set at $150,000. It was not immediately clear if Smith had an lawyer.
A probable cause statement stated the worker responded to an advertisement placed with a female undercover officer on Feb. 18.
The guy, believing he had been trading picture messages together with the mother of 2 girls, ages 6 and 11, fulfilled the undercover officer for supper in Kirkland before supposedly buying condoms and fulfilling with her in a resort, ” the announcement said.
Washington State Patrol Sgt. Darren Wright reported the worker was removed from his responsibilities and will confront an administrative evaluation.
“As parents and Washingtonians ourselves, we’re shocked and deeply disappointed by these significant and serious allegations,” Wright stated. “To ensure a fair and transparent procedure, WSP can’t and won’t be involved with the analysis, and will defer any queries about the analysis to the Seattle Police Department.”