Police: Oregon man charged with online corruption, luring for trying to meet with minor

Booking photo for Dean Cox from the Columbia County Jail

ST. HELENS, Ore. – A 52-year-old is facing online sex crimes after police say he sent explicit photographs and texts to undercover investigators who were posing as an underage girl.

Officers arrested Dean O’Neill Cox, 52, of La Pine, when they found him waiting in the parking lot near a Taco Bell on Highway 30 – an arranged meeting point with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

St. Helens Police said that Cox has been in contact with investigators for several months. Officials said that Cox sent graphic text messages and explicit photographs of himself.

Cox was booked into the Columbia County Jail on charges of online corruption of a minor, computer crime, luring a minor, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

From St. Helens Police:

This case illustrates the dangers associated with online communication. Parents should continually engage children about online safety and know who is connecting with their children. If your children have accounts, check their privacy settings. The default settings may expose more information than you’d like. Change settings to the highest level of privacy. You never know who is snooping around their social media profiles.

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