Issaquah man faces child molestation charge

June 14, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

King County prosecutors said a 38-year-old Issaquah man molested a 15-year-old boy he met on craigslist.

Eric N. Victorson faces a third-degree child molestation charge, after prosecutors said he responded to a “hook up” ad on the popular classifieds site and then met the boy in Redmond. The defendant is a convicted sex offender; he was charged with third-degree child molestation in 1998, court documents state.

Police arrested Victorson in Redmond for driving under the influence at about 2:30 a.m. June 2. The officer stopped Victorson’s Infiniti sedan for a traffic violation and noticed the boy in the passenger seat.

Prosecutors said Victorson appeared intoxicated, although he denied drinking alcohol. He then agreed to participate in field sobriety tests. Police arrested him for driving under the influence after he blew a 0.082 on a portable breath test device. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

The officer then spoke to the passenger. The boy said Victorson had replied to a posting the boy had made on craigslist earlier in the night. The boy said he met Victorson after sneaking out of his home, court documents state. The boy also told the officer he was 15 and his parents did not know he had left the home.

Prosecutors said Victorson sent lewd photographs to the boy’s cellphone, and then met him in Redmond. In a Redmond neighborhood, Victorson and the boy then disrobed inside the Infiniti, and Victorson touched the boy’s genitals, court documents state.

They left the area after a homeowner noticed the vehicle and told Victorson to leave. They planned to drive to Victorson’s home in Issaquah, the documents continue. Then, officers arrested him for driving under the influence.

Questioned about the boy by the officer, Victorson claimed he is “a good friend from work” he had known for a while, the documents said.

The boy claimed to be 18 in the craigslist posting. Victorson also lied about his age, telling the boy he is 27, prosecutors said. In addition, “a review of text messages shows that Victorson made no attempt to verify” the boy’s age, court documents state.

Victorson is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. He is due to be arraigned in King County Superior Court on June 20.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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