A 37-year-old Sunnyside man is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail after police said he sent a 12-year-old girl text messages asking for sex.
Police were called to Sierra Vista Middle School on Oct. 1 for a man trespassing on school property, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Police said the man was seen talking to two girls during recess, the affidavit said.
When the principal confronted the man, he said he was looking for another school and left, the affidavit said.
One of the girls said she had met the man at a party, and they had exchanged phone numbers and had communicated a few times, the affidavit said. A school resource officer examined the phone and found text messages from the man offering to pay the girl for sex, the affidavit said.
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld ordered the man held on suspicion of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and second-degree criminal trespass.