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West Richland Man Arrested After Online Sting Operation

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A West Richland man was arrested in Florida after police said he was communicating with a person whom he thought was a man and the man's 11-year-old daughter.

Police said the suspect was chatting online about participating in various sexual acts with the young girl.

45-year-old David Burks told KNDU that he had no comment about the April 24th arrest in Florida.

Police searched his West Richland home on May second and took two computers from the house.

West Richland Police said Burks was on a business trip in Saint Lucie, Florida.  He apparently went onto a website called "Open Minded Parents and began communicating with whom he thought was a dad about using the man's 11 year-old for sex acts.

Burks was instead talking to a detective from a law agency that focuses on catching online predators.

West Richland Detective Theresa Morrell said the detectives that were involved make many arrests involving inappropriate behavior on the Internet.

Morrell said, "They surf these website's.  They surf these chat rooms and the specifically watch for people trying to solicit minors."

Police say he was arrested at his hotel in Florida.  Police also said a 17-year-old exchange student was recently removed from Burks' home in West Richland.

He was released on 150,000 dollars bond.

Police said they are now looking on the computers they took from his home searching for any evidence of this type of behavior in the past.