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October 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Seattle man sentenced for trying to arrange child sex

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A 70-year-old Seattle man was sentenced this week in Colorado to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for attempting to coerce a 6-year-old girl and the child’s 14-year-old babysitter to have sex.

What Gary Lee Waffle didn’t know was that the child’s mother and the babysitter — both of whom he met in an Internet chat room — were ficticious characters both played by a Parker, Colo., police detective working as part of a child-sex Internet task force.

Waffle was arrested in July 2010 after he traveled from Seattle and met the undercover detective at a Parker fast-food restaurant and saying he was there to meet the child and have sex with her, according to a complaint filed in Colorado. Waffle had corresponded with the detective since January 2010, telling her when he first introduced himself that he wanted to go slow to ensure that her wasn’t “stepping into some sort of police sting operation.”

“Police are allowed to lie,” he wrote to the undercover detective, according to the complaint.

Over the next several months, Waffle told the detective that he used to collect child pornography, but got rid of much of his collection because of increasing scrutiny of child-sex crimes on the Internet. “It was a sad day, believe me,” he wrote.

At one point, he sent the detective a digital camera to take pictures of the make-believe child, named, “Brie.” Another time, he mailed the child a small sex toy, the complaint said.

The case was investigated jointly by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Parker Police Department.

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