King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg joined other officials Wednesday
in announcing the local “Buyer Beware” program that aims to reduce
local demand for prostitution by 20 percent in two years.
Tyler Williams testified in a Seattle courtroom last month that he
was sad and lonely when he posted an online ad seeking sex with “a hot
He said he suspected he was trading emails with a cop, but he still
showed up at a South Seattle fast-food restaurant in August 2013 with
condoms and $100 to pay for sex with someone he thought was a
15-year-old girl. Turns out he was right.
But he told jurors he was just “playing along” and had planned to turn himself in to police.
“Who brings a wad of cash to a surrender?” Senior Deputy Prosecutor
Val Richey asked during Williams’ trial in King County Superior Court.
“Trying to pick up a kid for sex is a crime and in this case, it’s as
simple as it seems.”
It took the jury 30 minutes to return a guilty verdict against the
27-year-old Iraq war veteran for attempted commercial sex abuse of a
minor, a felony charge increasingly used by King County prosecutors to go after men who seek out juveniles for sex.
“This crime ain’t going away. [More]