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Vigilante sex sting defendant pleads not guilty
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Vigilante sex sting defendant pleads not guilty

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A Castle Rock man arrested after a group of vigilantes trapped him in a sex sting pleaded not guilty in Cowlitz County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Kelso Police arrested Adam Andrew Olson, 36, on March 3 after a citizens group staged its own version of “To Catch a Predator” and posed online as a 14-year-old girl. When Olson came to Tam O’Shanter Park, the members of Volunteer Kelso surrounded him and told him to call police and turn himself in, which he did. The confrontation was captured on a YouTube video.

Police arrested Olson on suspicion of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and attempted rape of a child. However, the prosecutor’s office has charged him with only the first offense. Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen said he wasn’t involved in the decision about charging Olson, but it isn’t unusual for his office to charge fewer offenses than police request.

Olson’s trial has been scheduled for May 9.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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