Though Rehnberg characterizes the websites he uses in his investigations as social media sites, some of the ones he has used are adult dating websites in which members are required to be at least 18 years old.
After hearing six days of the prosecution’s trial testimony — before the defense presented and before consideration by the jury — the judge dismissed the case and accused Perverted Justice, the online watchdog group that set up the online decoy, of entrapment.
She posed online as a 14-year-old girl, but in real life, “she” was Corvallis Police Detective Bryan Rehnberg.
Tom became the first of six men arrested by the Corvallis Police Department in an ongoing online sting aimed at taking sexual predators off the streets and making others think twice before using the Internet to lure children for sex.
Detective Rehnberg, who runs the undercover operation, said that as young people gain more and more unfettered access to the Internet, the instances of sexual predation grow.
That’s why the department is taking a proactive approach to singling out those who troll the web for children to prey upon.