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Feb. 18, 2020

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Bail raised to $5M for man accused of luring girls online

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BEND, Ore. — A judge raised bail to $5 million Wednesday for a 41-year-old Bend man who allegedly posed as a teenage boy online to seek explicit photos from dozens of girls around the country.

Keith Fyten was arrested in November on a 95-count indictment and warrant at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as he returned from the Netherlands, heading back to Bend, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies revealed Wednesday.

A Deschutes County Circuit Court indictment of Fyten was unsealed Wednesday, listing 28 counts of luring a minor and 67 counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, KTVZ-TV reported. The indictment alleges incidents between July 2014 and May 2018.

Fyten’s alleged online luring efforts included at least 16 underage girls in Central Oregon who were asked over Facebook Messenger to send sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves, sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Jayson Janes said.

The investigation dates back to October 2017, when the sheriff’s office received a report of sexually explicit photos of underage girls being distributed, Janes said.

Detectives obtained internet service provider and Facebook information that led them to Fyten, who had moved to the Netherlands in 2018.

The detective looked through Fyten’s social media history and found he’d communicated with numerous underage females throughout the United States.

Law enforcement agencies around the country were asked to help locate and interview other underage females related to the case, Janes said.

It wasn’t immediately known if Fyten has a lawyer.

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