GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Portland man had several sexually explicit conversations with an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old boy, police said Monday.
Adam Michael Wallace, 34, has been charged with one count each of online sexual corruption of a child in the first- and second-degree.
According to court documents filed by the District Attorney’s Office, between July 3 and July 17, Wallace unlawfully used Facebook to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact and sexually explicit conduct, and offered to physically meet with the child at a local restaurant.
“He’s doing it for really, really dangerous and bad purposes,” Gresham police Detective John Rasmussen said.
Gresham police Detective Aaron Turnage created an undercover Facebook profile page using a photograph of a boy who was “obviously under 18 years of age,” and sent a friend request to Wallace on July 3, court documents state.
Wallace accepted the request and sent a message to the undercover detective and asked if they knew each other. Turnage, using the alias, replied that they did not, court documents state.
There was limited online communication between July 8-10, police said.
Then, between July 10-11, the suspect reportedly wrote back that 13-years-old was “not too young” after police, using the undercover profile page, presented the age to Wallace.
“There was plenty of opportunity for Mr. Wallace to back out and notify police and just disengage completely, and he continued to engage,” Rasmussen said.
A late night conversation began July 15 when Wallace sent a message to the undercover account asking if they could “hang out,” court documents state.
The conversation turned explicit when Wallace started making comments that were sexual in nature, court documents state. At one point, Wallace used the word “cutie” to describe the minor and said he would date him “for sure,” court documents state.
“People that prey upon children, and the innocent, they look at ways to come in and either befriend them and or separate them from family and friends,” Rasmussen said.
Wallace asked the minor how they could hang out, court documents state. Wallace agreed to pick up the minor if the boy snuck out of his house, police said.
Wallace planned to meet the minor on July 16 in the food cart area at the Lloyd Center Mall in Northeast Portland, police said. He also asked the minor if he would want to “kiss,” court documents state.
On July 16, before they were supposed to meet, Wallace contacted the purported minor and asked if he could “call him his boyfriend,” court documents state.
“It’s important to know who kids are talking to and that sometimes they’re talking to people who are really bad and dangerous for them,” Rasmussen said.
The meeting was later rescheduled for July 17, police said.
On that date, police said Wallace messaged the Facebook account and said he was approximately seven minutes away from a prearranged location in Gresham. Wallace said he was driving a gold Dodge Neon passenger car, court documents state.
A vehicle matching that description arrived at the location and Wallace got out of the driver’s seat, police said.
Wallace sent a message to the boy and asked where he was located in the restaurant, court documents state. The undercover officer wrote “in the bathroom,” court documents state.
Police were watching the location and said that Wallace did not look around and immediately went into the men’s restroom, court documents state. Wallace was inside the restroom for less than 30 seconds when he exited and was contacted by police, court documents state.
Wallace was read his rights and said that he came to meet a 13-year-old boy whom he met on Facebook but said “I didn’t come here to have sex with him,” court documents state.
Wallace said he used three different computers to communicate with the person he thought was a boy, police said.
“He admitted to making all of the sexual explicit comments,” prosecutor Amanda Nadell wrote in an affidavit.
Wallace eventually admitted to having conversations about sex acts, but claimed he was never going to engage in the behavior, and said that he had come to meet the boy so he could bring him to his parents’ home and tell them what dangerous lifestyle the child was engaged in, court documents state.
Through a court-appointed attorney, Wallace entered a not guilty plea Friday.
He is scheduled to be in court later this month.
Police said parents should have conversations with their children about the dangers of using social media.
“Assume that if they have Facebook, Twitter or an Instagram account, that they have two or three more that (the parents) don’t know about,” Rasmussen said.