Kennewick man accused of offering to pay teen for sex on camera

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldOctober 10, 2012 

A 46-year-old Kennewick man is accused of offering to pay a teen boy to have sex or perform sex acts in front of a streaming web camera.

Jesus Gomez Diaz, who was arrested Monday by Kennewick police, made an initial appearance Tuesday in Benton County District Court.

He was ordered to remain in the Benton County jail without bail on a 72-hour investigative hold for commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

According to police and court documents, Diaz contacted the teen boy Sunday near Fourth Avenue and Olympia Street.

The boy said he had seen Diaz around the area and Diaz asked if the teen wanted to make some money doing yard work.

The boy said yes and agreed to go to the man's home in the 1700 block of South Dayton Place to see what needed to be done, documents said.

At some point, Diaz then reportedly began asking the boy about sex and asked the boy if he'd be willing to perform sexual acts in front of a web camera, documents said.

Diaz also allegedly told the boy he'd pay him a lot of money if he was willing to have sexual intercourse with different people and perform sex acts on demand in a live-streaming web show, documents said.

The teen said no and was taken back to the area where he met Diaz, police said. Diaz reportedly said if the teen changed his mind, he could find him in the same parking lot area.

Diaz was arrested by police when he agreed to meet the teen the following day at an arranged place, documents said.

Pasco man hospitalized after train hits SUV

SEATTLE -- A Pasco man was in stable condition Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the SUV he was riding in was pinned under a train car in Kennewick.

The SUV driven by Matthew B. Bradley, 43, of Pasco, reportedly hit the train about 9:15 p.m. Monday at Highway 397 and East Bruneau Avenue while the train was backing up.

The Washington State Patrol said conductors were flagging the train across the intersection, and Bradley tried to cross the tracks. The train pushed the SUV across two lanes of traffic, crumpling the right front side.

Passenger Christopher L. Murphy, 39, of Pasco, was trapped inside for almost an hour. After more than 45 minutes of trying to rescue him, workers brought in a tow truck to move the SUV enough to allow them to free him.

Murphy appeared to have a broken leg and other injuries and was taken to Kennewick General Hospital and later transferred to Harborview. Bradley and passenger Seneca Hollenbaugh, 41, of Pasco, were not seriously hurt.

Troopers listed the cause of the accident as driver inattention.

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