Teenager accused of child luring appears in court

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

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TACOMA, Wash. - An 18-year-old Curtis High School student faces criminal charges after investigators said he tried to lure a 13-year-old boy, then admitted he wanted to abduct and sexually assault the teenager.

Kasey Curulla was ordered held on $500,000 bail while he awaits charges. Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Detective Ed Troyer said Curulla first offered the 13-year-old $10 for sex as he walked home from school on 44th Avenue in University Place on Tuesday. 


When the boy refused, Troyer said Curulla chased him. 

"He was going to take him in the wood and molest him,"Troyer said.

When the 13-year-old told his mother about the incident, she took her son to look for the assailant, and spotted him still in the neighborhood. 

"(She) found what she believed looked a lot like the suspect, took a picture, our school resources officer knew who it was," said Troyer. 

Carulla was taken from a class at Curtis High School and placed under arrest.

Curulla has previous arrests and a conviction for sexually-related crimes, including indecent exposure. But Troyer said he is not registered as a sex offender because the crimes were committed when he was under 18.

"Because his crimes occurred when he was a juvenile and they didn't reach a level of his having to register," he said.

Curulla was placed on a 72-hour hold during his appearance in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday. He will be back in court Friday for arraignment.