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Local man accused of luring teen from Texas

A Federal Way man is in custody on suspicion of luring a 13-year-old Texas girl to Washington and engaging in sexually explicit activity with her.

Jason E. Cox, 34, has been charged with four counts of second-degree child rape and one count each of luring, possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Cox was arrested Monday and is being held at the Regional Justice Center in Kent on $750,000 cash-only bail.

His arraignment is scheduled for April 16. If his case goes to trial and he is convicted, he could face up to 23 years in prison.

Police found the 13-year-old girl after she called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and said she wanted to go home.

She told police she met Cox in an Internet chat room earlier this year. Within a week of her first contact with him, Cox sent her sexually explicit pictures of juvenile females engaged in sex with adult men, authorities said.

Cox convinced the girl that pictures of children engaged in sex with adults was okay. Finally, the girl e-mailed nude pictures of herself to Cox, which he printed from his personal computer, police said.

Federal Way Police detectives discovered the pictures in a purple and black duffle bag in Cox’s home.

During their online conversations, the girl told Cox she was having trouble with her parents, so he told her to run away, police said.

Authorities said Cox e-mailed the girl and told her to go to a drug store in her hometown of Katy, Texas, on the afternoon of March 24, told her a taxi cab would be waiting for her and would take her to the Greyhound bus station, where a bus ticket to Tacoma would be ready for her, and to use the name Kerri Cox and to pose as his daughter.

Cox picked up the girl at the bus station in Tacoma on March 27 and brought her back to his Federal Way apartment in the 30800 block of 16th Place Southwest, according to authorities. They said Cox took her into his bedroom and talkd to her before showing her pictures of children engaged in sexual acts with adults.

Authorities said Cox engaged in sexual intercourse with the girl on four occasions, and that on Monday, after Cox left the apartment to go to work, the girl called for help. That afternoon, Federal Way Police contacted Cox in Fife and took him to the police station for questioning.

Cox requested an attorney before answering questions, so police arrested and booked him.

During a search, police detectives took custody of several items from the suspect’s home, including his personal computer, documents related to the girl’s travel arrangements from Texas, a telephone number for the Yellow Cab company in Texas, more than 200 depictions of minor females ages 4 to early teens engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and the pictures of the 13-year-old girl.

Police also discovered printed material describing sexual activities with children.

Investigators said the girl told them Cox had a list of other girls he spoke with online. She said Cox told her he was working on another girl, an 11-year-old from Texas, and wanted to bring her to Washington. The girl told police Cox admitted he had relationships with two local 12-year-old girls, authorities said.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng requested bail of $750,000 because he said Cox is a threat to the community.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com.

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