The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has charged nine suspects with attempted child rape, including a 48-year-old Enumclaw man.
Eric Kermit Jacobson was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sex abuse of a minor Dec. 17. He is in custody in the PierceCounty jail and bail has been set at $250,000.
The nine were charged following a two-week undercover operation by the Washington State Patrol and the Exploited Children Task Force.
The prosecutor charged three of the nine with first-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sex abuse of a minor and one was charged with a single count of first-degree attempted rape.
The other five were charged with second-degree attempted rape of a child; three were also charged with commercial sex abuse of a minor, one was charged with both second-degree attempted rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
According to a Washington State Patrol probable cause document, between Dec. 7-16 a detective worked undercover posing as a mother with three children, a 13-year-old boy, an 11-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old daughter.
In Jacobson’s case, the document stated, “The defendant emailed, texted and spoke on the phone with undercover detectives acting in their assumed personas and agreed to meet and commit sex acts with the 11-year-old daughter.”
The investigating officers noted Jacobson was “very cautious about getting caught and used applications to conceal his phone number.”
According to the charging documents he agreed to provide a gift card for sex acts with the child and agreed to meet the undercover officer in Tacoma.
The detective wrote, “When he (Jacobson) arrived at the meeting location he was arrested. He had a cell phone, condoms, lube and Skittles on his person. The officers were able to confirm the cell phone was the same device he had used to communicate with the officers for the sex acts. The defendant agreed to an interview and requested an attorney.”
All of the nine cases involved undercover detectives posing as the mother or children with the suspects seeking sex encounters from the children. In some of the cases the suspects were seeking sex from a detective posing as a 13-year-old girl. In others the suspects were seeking relations with the 11 and 8 year old.Others were attempted contact with a 13-year-old boy and the girls.
The nine suspects are:
– Paul Anthony Carson, 59, Olympia
– Eric Kermit Jacobsen, 48, Enumclaw
– Anthony Ray Blankenship, 32, Tacoma, (not in custody)
– Charles Andrew Drury, 50, Puyallup
– Manuel Antonio Figueroa, 37, Federal Way
– Jehran Steven Franklin, 20, Puyallup
– Shelley Dianne Harper, 51, Vancouver WA
– Robert John Quintero, 49, Vancouver WA
– Kenneth Paul Zimmerman, 57, Puyallup