Friday, August 12, 2022
Aug. 12, 2022

Linkedin Pinterest

Battle Ground man arrested in Oregon child predator sting

By , Columbian staff writer

A Battle Ground man was one of four arrested Thursday during an undercover child predator sting in Washington County, Ore.

Andrew Grabhorn, 32, was charged with luring a minor and first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office posed online and on social media platforms as underage boys and girls. The sheriff’s office said the four men they arrested each contacted the children’s profiles and offered to meet for sex.

When each of the men arrived to meet the child, they instead were met by law enforcement, according to the news release.

Detectives also arrested Jeremy Clingman, 39, of West Linn, Ore., and Alvaro Lopez Gudiel, 48, and Thomas Hoffmeister, 34, both of Aloha, Ore. Hoffmeister was also arrested for a misdemeanor warrant. They are each charged with luring a minor and first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, the news release states.

Detectives are concerned there may be victims of these four men and ask anyone with additional information to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

The sheriff’s office encourages parents to help their children be safe online and be aware of the websites and apps they’re using.

Support local journalism

Your tax-deductible donation to The Columbian’s Community Funded Journalism program will contribute to better local reporting on key issues, including homelessness, housing, transportation and the environment. Reporters will focus on narrative, investigative and data-driven storytelling.

Local journalism needs your help. It’s an essential part of a healthy community and a healthy democracy.

Community Funded Journalism logo