A man accused of offering money for sex to a 15-year-old girl has been arrested in Gresham.
Jerry Dean Guess, 69, of Gresham was arrested on Friday and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Luring a Minor.
On May 10, 2013, a Gresham police officer responded to a call from a 15-year-old female who reported being followed by an unidentified man earlier in the day. The girl said she was walking south on SE 202nd Avenue, near SE Stark Street, Gresham, when the man drove by slowly in his 1990s Ford Thunderbird. He pulled alongside the girl and asked her to perform sex acts on him in exchange for money. The girl ran home and told her mother, who tried to confront the man as he sped away.
The mother and daughter called the police, describing the man as a heavyset, white male in his 60s, with grey hair. They provided the officer with the license plate number for the suspect's white, 1992 Ford Thunderbird.
The Gresham detective assigned to the case met with the young girl and learned this was the third time this same man, driving the same vehicle, had approached her and asked her for sex acts. Beginning in April 2013, the suspect reportedly began following the girl and contacted her using the same rouse; he would drive by slowly, call her by the wrong name and say he recognized her from a strip club. As she tried to ignore him, he continued to follow her and ask her to perform sex acts with him in exchange for money. The suspect would finally leave when the young girl yelled at him. All three incidents happened near SE Stark Street, between SE 202nd and SE 199th Avenue. There were two additional incidents where the suspect followed the girl as she walked but did not make contact.
With the help of the young girl and her mother, Guess was identified as the suspect involved in these incidents. He will have his first court appearance on May 20, 2013.
Anyone with additional information about this case, or information regarding similar incidents possibly involving Guess or his vehicle, is encouraged to call the Gresham Police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503.618.2719 (local) or 1.888.989.3505 (out of area).