A Yoncalla man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly making plans to meet up with a teenage girl for sex.

Zackary Edwin Peterman, 25, began messaging the girl on Sept. 9, 2017, and said, “I want you.”

According to court documents, Peterman immediately began asking the girl if she wanted him, offered to send pictures of his genitals and asked for pictures of her.

“It should be noted that from my training and experience normally these men are requesting nude photos,” the arresting officer said in court documents. The Facebook page was operated by a Myrtle Creek police officer, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl to catch people who prey on children.

Peterman asked the girl to video chat several times, but the girl said she was scared to do that because she was only 14. Peterman said, “OK don’t tell no one please,” according to court documents.

The conversation ended as the officer went on vacation and didn’t start back up until Aug. 12, when Peterman asked the girl if she remembered him.

She said she thought so and that she was now 15, according to court documents.

He said he could come over to her place and asked the teen if her mom would be mad if she had sex with a 25-year-old. She said her mom would be mad so Peterman promised he wouldn’t tell anyone, according to court documents.

On Aug. 17 deputies took Peterman into custody.

When the Myrtle Creek officer posing as the teenage girl interviewed Peterman, he asked if Peterman knew about the messages with the 14-year-old.

Peterman “got an angry look on his face” and said “no.” The officer then showed him the messages and asked if it refreshed his memory. The officer noted that Peterman stared angrily at him and said he wanted a lawyer, according to court documents.

Peterman was charged with second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter


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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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