February 19, 2015
Detectives with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 37 year old Tualatin Oregon man Wednesday night after they learned he had come to Skamania County with the intent of transporting a juvenile female back to Oregon to have sexual contact with her.
Detectives believe Edward Blake Smith has been utilizing the internet to communicate with the alleged victim and drove from his residence in Oregon to Skamania County to pick up the juvenile victim.
Using the alleged victim’s internet profile, detectives were able to arrange to meet Smith at a pre-determined location where he was taken into custody. The investigation has revealed there are at least 2 female juvenile victims in Skamania County.
Smith has been booked into the Skamania County Jail on the following charges:
Rape of a Child 1st degree
Rape of a Child 3rd degree
Attempted Rape of a Child 3rd degree
It is believed there may be additional victims in 2 other jurisdiction in Washington State. Detectives have contacted law enforcement in those jurisdictions and are sharing information with them.
The investigation is ongoing in this matter and detectives are working with the Skamania County Prosecutors Office to determine if additional charges are appropriate.
End Media Release
Dave Brown, Sheriff