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Local Investigation Leads To Pierce County Sex Charge

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: An investigation launched by Deputy Damon Simmons in the sheriff's sex crimes unit has led to the charging of a Pierce County man with a felony count of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purpose.

In December 2010, Deputy Simmons was conducting undercover operations via a stand-alone computer in the sex crimes office. He created a Yahoo.com adult chat room account an alias for an 18-year-old girl.

Simmons was contacted by a 45-year-old man who began a sexual conversation with him after he portrayed himself in the conversation as actually being a 15 years old girl. At the end of the conversation, the deputy authored a search warrant and served it on Yahoo.

Simmons learned on January 12th that the account belonged to Robert C. Theisen of Tacoma, Washington. Believing he had established probable cause for the man's arrest, he forwarded the information to Detective Heath Holden of the Tacoma Police Dept.

A search warrant was executed on Theisen's home in Tacoma and detectives recovered Simmons' conversation from his computer and also recovered a rifle. Theisen is a previously-convicted felon ineligible to possess firearms.

Theisen was arrested and booked into jail on charges of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bryce Nelson anticipates the suspect will plea to the felony sex offense and misdemeanor weapons charge April 6th.

In addition to an anticipated three-to-eight month sentence, Theisen will be required to register as a sex offender for ten years.

 The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is one of 106 affiliates of the Washington State ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force centered in Seattle, Washington. 

ICAC assists affiliate agencies in locating, tracking and sharing information about individuals who attempt to contact children for illegal sex crimes or who use technology to share or receive sexually-explicit photographs of child victims. 

The Washington State task force is one of 61 additional ICAC Task Forces and 3000 affiliate ICAC units nationwide. All ICAC Task Forces and Affiliate ICAC units work directly with NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) to share information and create the best possible law enforcement criminal cases. 

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