KELSO, Wash. — A Kelso man is at it again – trying to catch child predators online, on his own. And now, another suspect is behind bars because of him.
KPTV reports 27-year-old Christoper Scheuermann is locked up in the Cowlitz County jail accused of trying to meet two young girls for sex.
Court records say he started chatting with them on a social media app, but the person on the other end was really Curtis Hart. Hart said he’s fed up hearing about children being abused and targeted by sexual predators.
“Every one of these cases is a potential human trafficking incident,” said Hart. “Somebody’s daughter could be taken to any state or anywhere in the world.”
Back in March, FOX 12 first introduced you to Hart and his friends when they posed as a young girl looking for sex online. They confronted a man trying to meet with her and posted video of him online.
On Monday evening, he did it again. Hart posted a message on Whisper – a social media app where people can chat anonymously and then connect privately. He pretended to be a 12-year-old girl hanging out with her 15-year-old friend.
“I posted a post saying something about being excited for summer vacation and if any older people wanted to hang out. And this individual responded pretty quickly and he escalated the conversation with inappropriate pictures of himself. Instantly. Within five messages.”
Hart said Scheuermann responded, saying he wanted to have sex with both girls and he sent a picture of himself. He told Hart what his car looked like and he would drive over from St. Helens to meet up on a dead end street. Hart alerted police and then confronted Scheuermann.
“Yeah, I had my window rolled down and I asked him what he was doing back there. I had a few choice words for him and he just took off.”
Hart said Scheuermann hit his car on the way out. Hart called police and cops soon found and arrested Scheuermann. He made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Investigators took Hart’s cell phone as evidence in the case.
Deputies are aware of what Hart is doing. It is not illegal and Hart doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
“They make sure and caution me and say this is dangerous and you’re putting yourself out there. But I’ve had a lot of them say it’s every citizen’s duty that’s willing and able.”