Man nabbed in teen sex sting gets prison

kterhune@idahostatesman.comJune 27, 2013 

— Randy Wade Standlee, 31, was sentenced to a total of 20 years after pleading guilty to enticement and child porn charges.

He must serve at least two years before seeking parole, a judge ruled Tuesday. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Standlee was arrested in December after attempting to meet with a 13-year-old girl for sex. The girl he believed he was chatting with online was actually an Ada County sheriff’s detective.

Standlee was charged with felony enticement, and two counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child were added after detectives found child pornography on his computer.

He pleaded guilty in April.

Sheriff’s Detective Ryan Pacheco, who posed as the 13-year-old girl, said most people arrested for enticement in such stings are sentenced to prison.

Pacheco is a member of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Members of law enforcement undergo specialized training and have a strict list of rules they follow when posing as a minor online, he said.

Although someone can be arrested simply for having an explicit online conversation or sending explicit photos to someone they believe is underage, the majority of Pacheco’s arrests are suspects who try to set up an in-person meeting for sex.

Standlee sent the detective explicit photographs, then suggested that the pair should meet in public before going back to his house. Deputies were waiting on him, Pacheco said.

“We actually took him down on a traffic stop and arrested him just down the road from where we were supposed to meet,” he said.

Close to 80 percent of suspects who are arrested trying to meet up with someone they believe is a minor also have child porn on their computers, the detective said.

Investigators found out that Standlee also was chatting online with detectives from other counties posing as teenagers. He was setting up times to meet in those cases as well, Pacheco said.

More alarmingly, Pacheco said, the man was chatting with several girls detectives were unable to identify.

“This wasn’t an instance where he made one mistake and just happened to get caught,” Pacheco said. “This is somebody who was online a lot, was chatting with a lot of underage girls in a sexually explicit manner.

“I think that we’ve saved some children from becoming victims.”

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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