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CRIME STOPPERS: Sex offender using Internet to target victims

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Pierce County deputies say “Washington's Most Wanted” fugitive David Ford is a serious cyber-creep. The convicted sex offender is wanted for failing to register after using the Internet to target his victims. 

"What he'll do is he'll get a hold of 14, 15, 16 year old girls online, trade them concert tickets, trade them money, trade them other things to try and get them to expose themselves to him," said Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, who adds that Ford doesn't stop there. "He saves the photos and videos and then he'll use it to blackmail them. He threatens to post them online and ruin their reputation if they don't perform sexual acts for him."

Ford was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor. Deputies worry that he is online looking for more victims now. Ford is 28 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 185 lbs. He has a band tattooed around his upper right arm. If you know where he is hiding, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Call the hot line anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. This is one of the fugitives featured this weekend on “Washington's Most Wanted,” Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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