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October 03, 2007
Sex offender arrested in online sting
?We took numerous items of evidence during the execution of a search warrant?
MUKILTEO, Washington (STPNS) -- Phillip L. Stordahl, 44, of Mukilteo was arrested last Saturday after allegedly trying to contact whom he believed was a 12-year-old Mukilteo boy.
The Mukilteo Police Department, working with the Snohomish County Sheriff?s Office, arrested Stordahl, a Level 1 Registered Sex Offender, for Attempted Rape of a Child2 and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes.
In late August, the Mukilteo Police Department received a tip from a detective who works for a police agency on the East Coast that he had a profile on line of a non-existent 14-year-old boy.
Stordahl, who lived in Mukilteo, allegedly contacted the non-existent 14-year-old boy, and he had several sexually explicit conversations online, police said.
The Mukilteo Police Department contacted a detective with the Snohomish County Sheriff?s Office who had investigated these types of cases.
The detective had already created a profile of a non-existent 12-year-old boy who lived in the Snohomish County area.
The Snohomish County detective was able to start a friendship with Stordahl, which led to several sexually explicit e-mails from the suspect, police said.
Stordahl allegedly wanted to meet the 12-year-old and agreed to meet him at a location in Mukilteo on Saturday, Sept. 28.
At that time, the Mukilteo detective, the Snohomish County detective and Mukilteo patrol officers arrested the suspect.
?We took numerous items of evidence during the execution of a search warrant,? Mukilteo Detective Lance Smith said. ?These items may produce supporting evidence of chat logs, etc.?
Stordahl was booked into the Snohomish County Jail and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He was released on $50,000 bail.
Stordahl has a previous conviction for Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes.
According to police, Stordahl is a Level 1 Sex Offender, the lowest classification of three.
According to the Snohomish County Sheriff website, Sex Offender Risk Level Information - Risk level Definitions;
Level 1 - These offenders present the lowest possible risk to the community and their likelihood to re-offend is considered minimal. They normally have not exhibited predatory type characteristics and most have successfully participated or are participating in approved treatment programs. Many are first time offenders.
Level 2 - These offenders present a moderate risk to the community and they have a higher likelihood of re-offending than the Level 1 offenders. They are considered a risk to re-offend, because of the nature of their previous crime(s) and lifestyle (drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity). Some have refused to participate or failed to complete approved treatment programs.
Level 3 - These offenders pose a potential high risk to the community and are a threat to re-offend if provided the opportunity. Most have prior sex crime convictions as well as other criminal convictions. Their lifestyles and choices place them in this classification. Some have predatory characteristics and may seek out victims. They may have refused or failed to complete approved treatment programs.
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