TIGARD, Ore. — Portland Police and FBI agents arrested an accused child predator on Friday who they say tried to victimize children across several states.
The investigation began on September 9 when Portland Police got a call from a pre-teenage girl who wanted to report agreeing to meet with a man she met online.
Investigators say they uncovered conversations between the girl and the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Jakob Joshua Stickney, that were “highly sexual in nature and included the exchange of photographs.”
The police bureau’s Child Abuse Team found 30 crime tips sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipline linked to Stickney. Those tips involve children as young as ten years old from Washington, Missouri, and Arkansas.
They learned Stickney was living out of his van, and with the help of the FBI, they found and arrested him near the intersection of Highway 99W and Bull Mountain Road in Tigard.
Stickney has been charged with one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, but they expect more charges to be filed in the case.
PPB’s Child Abuse Team is working with federal and local law enforcement in the three other states to investigate further crimes linked to Stickney.
If you have any helpful information in the case, you’re asked to contact Detective Nathan Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference Case #23-237743.
“The best defense against online child predators is education and awareness. To learn more about this issue, or to report what you believe to be online crimes of this nature, please visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.org,” Portland Police said.