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November 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM

$50,000 bail for Everett firefighter arrested in Seattle sex sting

Everett firefighter David “Pete” Vier was ordered held on $50,000 bail on Thursday, a day after his arrest for allegedly showing up at a Seattle fast-food restaurant intending to pay a juvenile girl $150 for sex, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the case against him.

Vier, 60, of Arlington, waived his first court appearance on Thursday, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. The state expects to file formal charges on Friday, he said. He is being held for investigation of commercial sex abuse of a minor and communicating with a child for immoral purposes.

According to the statement, a detective with the Seattle Police Department’s Vice & High Risk Victims Unit posted an online ad last week that offered paid sex with a minor. He received a reply a few days later from an email account named “Fire Medic Pete Vier,” and the two traded emails, with Vier describing the sex acts he wanted to perform on the girl, it says.

In the email exchange, Vier agreed to bring lubricant, condoms and a vibrator, according to the statement.

The detective led Vier to believe that Vier could have sex with the girl in a nearby apartment, the statement says.

Vier arrived in his car at the meet location and was taken into custody at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the statement.

Police searched Vier’s car and found lubricant, 36 condoms, a vibrator and batteries, as well as the erectile-dysfunction medications inside the vehicle, the statement says. Officers also found a receipt showing Vier had purchased the lubricant, 18 condoms, batteries and a vibrator from an adult-sex store in Everett an hour before his arrest, it says.

Vier invoked his right to an attorney and was not questioned by detectives, the statement says.

On Wednesday, Meghan Pembroke, a spokeswoman for the city of Everett, confirmed the arrest of the 60-year-old firefighter and paramedic who she said has been with the department since 1991.

Pembroke said the man had not been on duty Wednesday, but has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

In September, Satterberg publicly announced the local “Buyer Beware” program, aimed at deterring men from purchasing sex with girls and women involved in prostitution by increasing their chances of getting caught.

Since the beginning of the year, his office has charged 44 men with either purchasing or trying to purchase sex with juveniles. Not including Vier, 10 of the 44 men have been charged in the last two months alone.

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