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A Portland man is accused of traveling to Seattle with the intent to sexually abuse children

PORTLAND, OR (KOIN) – A Portland man accused of committing sex acts with children appeared in federal court Friday.

According to the Department of JusticeMark David McCool, 56, was arrested Thursday after arriving at a Seattle hotel. According to court documents, he was led to believe he was meeting two children and that he planned to sexually abuse them. However, the 7- and 11-year-olds McCool thought he had spoken to online did not actually exist, authorities said.

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According to court documents, McCool responded to a social media ad placed by an undercover law enforcement agent. It was during chats on the Kik Messenger app over a six-week period that McCool was accused of having sexual interests in children and even providing descriptions of past victims and collecting “trophies” from them.

After traveling by train and a rideshare app to meet at a location under the assumption he would sexually abuse two children, McCool was arrested in Seattle, officials said.

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“At the time of his arrest, McCool had several items that reflected his sexual interest in abusing children: condoms, baby oil, rope and stuffed animals,” according to a DOJ news release.

McCool is now charged with, among other things, attempted enticement of a minor and traveling with the intent to engage in sexual acts with a minor.

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