BREMERTON, Wash. – A vice president with the Bremerton High School PTA has been arrested after he was caught in a child sex sting, according to court documents and the Washington State Patrol.
And now investigators say they fear there could be more potential victims related to the case, says Lt. James R. Mjor II of the State Patrol.
Court documents say he was caught after answering an ad on Craigslist posted by an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old boy.
In a series of online exchanges with the “boy,” Carter acknowledged that he knew he was meeting with a 13-year-old and described some sex acts he wanted to perform, court documents say.
Carter also wrote that he is “not a creep” but he was “nervous” because “your (sic) so young” and because “it’s illegal and could be a trap,” according to the court file.
Despite his expressed reservations, Carter went to meet the boy for a supposed sex hookup, court documents say. And when he did, he was met by an undercover officer who placed him under arrest. He was then booked into the Kitsap County Jail.
Carter’s name was later removed from the Bremerton School District’s website. In a prepared statement, Assistant Superintendent Iva Scott said, “It has come to our attention that a Washington State Patrol undercover operation resulted in an arrest of a parent with students in our schools. We have no additional information as this is a law enforcement matter. We recognize that situations such as these are very difficult for all involved. Please direct any questions to your local law enforcement agency.”
Carter has no previous criminal history. But on Monday, Lt. Mjor said there may be other victims in the case.
“The unfortunate news is that he’s had access to potential victims – children – and we’ve identified a few victims potentially related to this case, and we’re closely working with the resources in Kitsap County to get them the assistance that they need.”
Mjor said the State Patrol was assisted in its investigation by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Bremerton police – and he hopes the arrest will prevent further abuse from occurring.
“Who knows who the next victim would have been?” he said.