Man, 23, charged with seeking sex with 16-year-old

2012-04-10T07:00:00Z Man, 23, charged with seeking sex with 16-year-oldCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
April 10, 2012 7:00 am  • 

Zachary David Hyde, 23, of Philomath, was arraigned Monday on allegations that he attempted to have sex with a minor and that he harassed his wife after she discovered incriminating photos of the 16-year-old girl.

According to documents filed in Benton County Circuit Court, the 16-year-old, who is known to Hyde, reported that he had discussed having sexual relations with her throughout the month of February.

The documents yielded this account:

In February the girl sent Hyde cell phone photographs of her wearing a bra and panties. Hyde reportedly responded with suggestive responses and asked for more graphic photographs. Hyde also reportedly sent photographs to the girl of his genitals.

The 16-year-old also reported that Hyde would arrange meetings between the two. At one meeting at Hyde’s residence during the last week of February, he reportedly suggested they have sexual intercourse and offered her alcohol. She told police that she refused his offers and eventually left the residence.

Hyde’s wife found his old phone, which held the photographs of the 16-year-old, and she and Hyde got into an argument about it Thursday at their residence. Hyde’s wife threatened to leave the house, and Hyde allegedly pushed her to a bed and then onto the floor, telling her that she could not leave.

Hyde’s wife felt threatened and stayed in the residence, but eventually she contacted the Philomath Police Department about the images on the phone later in the day Thursday. On Friday, police interviewed the 16-year-old.

Hyde was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, attempted using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, coercion, luring a minor, second-degree attempted encouraging child sexual abuse, attempted contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and harassment.

Hyde was booked into the Benton County Jail, where he remained Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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