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Undercover Busts Online Sexual Predator

Brooks McKee MugshotCORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis man is behind bars after police say he intended to have sex with a minor he met online.

Little did he know, he was talking to an undercover detective the entire time.

Thirty-nine-year-old Brooks McKee was sentenced on Friday for the online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree after he pleaded no contest.

Police arrested McKee in November after they say he made plans to meet with who he thought was a 12 to 14-year-old girl he had met online.

Lieutenant Cord Wood with the Corvallis Police Department says after receiving numerous complaints from residents in the community about online sexual predators, the department felt it needed to respond more strongly. Last year, detectives started an undercover operation to arrest online sexual predators by creating various online profiles as bait.

“Mr. McKee initiated the conversation with the undercover,” Lt. Wood said. “That’s how we run these kinds of operations. The profiles are out there, and we let the predators come to us.”

Lt. Wood says McKee made plans to pick up the girl around the Fred Meyer in Corvallis to drive her back to his home to engage in sexual activity.

Police say the case serves as a good reminder for parents to know who their children are talking to online.

“It’s as easy as a cell phone,” Lt. Wood said. “Most people have cell phones, and these have as much Internet access now as a laptop. So know who your kids are talking to; what apps they’re using. Be nosy. Know who they are talking to.”

McKee was sentenced to five days in jail and 12 months of supervised probation, in addition to registering as a sex offender.

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