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Bend Man arrested for Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct (Photo) - 10/15/21

Case Number:          2021-00059791

Date Occurred:         10-14-2021 to 10-15-2021

Type of Incident:       Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct

Date Arrested:          10-15-2021

Victim:                     Fictitious 15-year-old female 

Arrested:                  Steven Ray Ransom, 30-year-old male, Bend Resident


On the evening of Wednesday, October 14, 2021 a Bend Police Officer began a criminal investigation by posing as a 15-year-old female on a mobile app on a cellphone.  30-year-old Steven Ransom began conversing with the fictitious 15-year-old female. During the communication, Steven Ransom began talking about having sexual intercourse with her.  Ransom made very graphic and very detailed references about his intentions when they met.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, October 15, 2021, Steven Ransom agreed to meet with the fictitious 15-year-old child in order to engage in sexual intercourse.  The investigating officer provided a location where they could meet.  Several Bend Police Officers were surveilling the area and contacted Ransom when he arrived at the prearranged location.  Ransom was taken into custody.  Sexually related items he stated he would bring with him during their communication were located on his person at the time of his arrest. Additional evidence was observed in his vehicle and on his cellular phone.

Ransom was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges:


Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct – Oregon Revised Statute 167.057

Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, First Degree – Oregon Revised Statute 163.433

Solicitation to Commit a C Felony - Oregon Revised Statute 161.435


Bend Police want to remind parents to stay involved in their children’s digital world, know the apps they are using and have parental controls when possible. Children should talk with a trusted adult so they understand the online risks, and only chat with people they know, make sure their online accounts are private, and block people they do not know.


Submitted by: Sergeant Tommy Russell, Bend PD

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