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Police: Man travels to have sex with underage girl

February 15, 2019

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — An Oregon man potentially faces a 15-year prison sentence after authorities said he traveled 365 miles (587 kilometers) to have a sex with a teenage girl.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports 36-year-old Eric Anderson, of Damascus, Oregon, was charged Thursday with one felony count of using the internet to entice a child under the age of 16 for sex.

Magistrate James Combo set bond at $250,000. Combo says Anderson’s income is too high for a public defender.

Police say Anderson answered an advertisement on a website often used by people looking for sex. They say Anderson began chatting with a police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl who attended an alternative school in Post Falls, Idaho.

Authorities say Anderson drove from Portland to Post Falls Wednesday and was arrested outside a residence authorities pretended was the teenager’s home.

Court records do not list Anderson’s attorney and it wasn’t immediately clear if he has obtained one yet. A phone number for Anderson could not be found.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com