A Salem man is facing sex crime charges after being arrested in a sting operation set up by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office that could yield additional arrests.
In a report made public this week, the Sheriff’s Office disclosed that Anatoliy Obedkov, 42, was arrested in Corvallis on Nov. 14 and charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and purchasing sex with a minor.
According to Sheriff Scott Jackson, Obedkov had responded to an advertisement placed on a Corvallis-based social media site by a deputy posing as a 15-year-old girl.
Jackson said that Obedkov showed up at a convenience store in South Corvallis, where he had been told the girl would be waiting, with $2,800 cash in his wallet. He was then cited and released pending trial.
Jackson said the online ad was placed to gauge the level of sex trafficking activity in the community and noted that it had received more than 1,100 views.
“We want the public to know we are continuing to investigate people who are looking for ways to have sex with juveniles,” the sheriff said.
A message left for Obedkov’s attorney was not returned.