Yakima County Courthouse

FILE — The Yakima County Courthouse.

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.


Every day Yakima Police officers respond to hundreds of calls, and here you can see details of the last 30 days of incidents.

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.

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How much crime happens in your town?

We used the latest crime rate data from the FBI to illustrate how much crime happens in every part of the Yakima Valley.

First, select a Yakima County law enforcement agency from the left drop down menu. Then select a type of crime from the right menu to see how your town compares.

Crimes reported

Crime rate per 100,000 people

Washington State Rate

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Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Crime rates are reported as the number of incidents known of by law enforcement per 100,000 people living in the jurisdiction.
1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.