Police arrest man, 65, in online teen sex sting

Police arrest man, 65, in online teen sex sting
James Maulding

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Police arrested a 65-year-old man accused of attempting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met online who was actually an undercover police officer.

James Maulding of Silverton, Oregon, thought he was having online conversations with a young girl, police said. The girl was really an undercover police officer. Police said they started investigating Maulding earlier this month.

After several sexually explicit conversations online, police said Maulding made arrangements to meet the girl in Corvallis to have sex.

Corvallis police arrested Maulding on Friday as he waited to meet the girl.

He faces charges of online sexual corruption of a child and attempted rape (2nd degree).

Police took Maulding to the Benton County Jail, where he’s held on $175,000 bail.