Corey Michael Canty, 42, of Myrtle Creek was arrested around 6 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of online sexual corruption and luring a minor, according to the Sutherlin Police Department.

"Due to the nature and sensitivity of the crimes committed and the on-going investigation, the Sutherlin Police Department is unable to release how the information of Canty’s crimes were committed," a press release stated.

Canty was charged with first-degree online sexual corruption, which according to the Oregon Revised Statutes means he solicited a child to engage in sexual contact and was planning to meet with the child.

According to court documents, Canty used social media to chat with an undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl.

The two exchanged photos and messages. After some time the conversation turned to sex and Canty agreed to meet up and bring ice tea and condoms.

Police set up at the Taco Bell in Sutherlin around 1 a.m. and saw a gray Ford F150 drive back and forth in the area about 20 minutes later, before driving off after spotting a police car.

The truck was abandoned at Buttercup Lane in Sutherlin. During a search of the vehicle, police officers found an iPhone, an ice tea and a piece of mail with the name Corey on it.

Canty was determined to be the driver of the vehicle, which he had taken from an ex-girlfriend without permission. The ex-girlfriend was a personal acquaintance of one of the Sutherlin officers.

That evening, officers got a call that Canty was in Myrtle Creek and that he'd taken a taxi home the night before. 

Myrtle Creek Police Department assisted during the arrest. Canty denied he drove the truck to Sutherlin the night before and asked for an attorney.

Canty is a registered sex offender, stemming from a 1995 rape conviction.

The Sutherlin Police Department wants to remind parents to monitor their children’s use of smartphones, tablets, and other devices used to access the internet and social media apps.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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