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Sting operation nabs online sex predator at mall

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Sting operation nabs online sex predator at mall

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A Bellingham man is accused of offering cash to an underage girl in exchange for a sex act and sexually explicit photos.

Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks says they arrested 19-year-old Anthony Duran Tuesday night in a sting operation outside of Bellis Fair Mall.

Duran began online communication with a 14-year-old Sudden Valley girl last month.

Her parents notified police and a detective took over, posing as the girl on social media.

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Duran has been booked on suspicion of felony commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Parks says Duran met with another underage girl at Bellis Fair Mall to buy sexually explicit photos in August.