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Originally published April 7, 2010 at 4:20 PM | Page modified April 7, 2010 at 9:21 PM

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Federal Way man charged with attempted child rape

A 50-year-old Federal Way man is accused of trading nearly 20 gigabytes worth of child pornography for the chance to have sex with two girls and "train" them to have sex with dogs, according to charges filed this week.

Seattle Times staff reporter

A 50-year-old Federal Way man is accused of trading child pornography for the chance to have sex with two girls and "train" them to have sex with dogs, according to charges filed this week.

King County prosecutors have charged Tilden Laverne Lester Jr. with second-degree attempted rape of a child and possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Lester, whom prosecutors consider "a danger to children," is being held in the King County Jail on $150,000 bail.

According to charging documents, Lester struck up an online chat with an undercover Seattle police detective, who was posing as the father of two fictitious girls, ages 11 and 13. Lester used the online handle "DrPeddelDfile."

He told the detective during online conversations over a six-day period that he'd had sex with a female relative for seven years, beginning when the girl was 13, and a number of other young girls, the charging papers say. He also claimed to have taught children and teens in Oregon and California to have sex with dogs, the papers say.

On March 26, Lester met the undercover detective at a Denny's restaurant in Federal Way and spent nearly an hour transferring nearly 20 gigabytes of child pornography to the detective's computer hard drive, according to charging documents.

The exact number of images Lester transferred to the detective is unknown, but Lester claimed he'd amassed his collection of child pornography — both photos and videos — over 15 years, according to charging documents.

After transferring the pornographic images, Lester later contacted the detective in an online chat room, asking when "he could 'play' with my 13 and 11 year-old girls," the papers say. The detective told him "next week," when his fictitious daughters would be on spring break.

Lester was arrested April 1 when he showed up at a Starbucks in Tukwila to meet the detective, believing he was going to have sex with the girls, the papers say.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

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