Sex offender paid for teen's rideshare from another state, police say

Published: Jun. 7, 2019 at 11:49 AM CDT
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A 34-year-old registered sex offender paid $200 to a rideshare service to drive a 13-year-old overnight across state lines earlier this week, Bellevue Police said Friday afternoon.

BPD officers became involved Thursday when out-of-state law enforcement asked for assistance locating an "endangered missing juvenile" — a 13-year-old girl reported missing Wednesday — who they believed was with Avery.

BPD took was taken into custody without incident near 38th Street and Forestdale Drive, according to a Bellevue Police report issued Friday.

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Bellevue Police said the girl was driven across state lines by a rideshare service driver. Police said Avery paid $200 for the service to pick her up late Tuesday at her home and drive her overnight to his house in Bellevue, arriving early Wednesday.

The girl sent a message via social media to her friend on Thursday saying she had been "abducted," police said.

The victim has since been returned to her family.

During their investigation, Bellevue law enforcement found out the victim had met Avery through various social media websites, according to a BPD report issued Friday morning. He paid for a driver to pick her up and bring her to his home in Bellevue, where he sexually assaulted her, the report states.

He was taken to Sarpy County Jail for first-degree sexual assault of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the report states.

The case remains under investigation by local, federal, and out-of-state authorities. Authorities are also investigating the rideshare driver.

In 2016, Avery was found guilty of enticement by electronic device and sentenced to 36 months on probation. He was also arrested by BPD in January 2017 for child enticement by electronic communication device.

Sarpy County court documents filed January 2017 about a search conducted Jan. 3, 2016, state that an investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl made contact with Avery in December 2016 by responding to an ad on the internet that read "Young? You have a weird thing for older men? Let's talk about that."

The conversations over chats, and later also via email, then became sexually explicit, the documents state.

Investigators subpoenaed the website where the ad had been placed to obtain the email and phone number provided at the time it was posted, the documents state. That information matched up 181 ads on the site, and also corresponded with a conversation conducted during a similar investigation in November 2015.

Searching through Avery's digital footprint, investigators found he had a profile as a freelance programmer and online games creator, the documents state.

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