A Seattle man has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and cyberstalking for a two-year relationship police say he established with a Bainbridge Island girl in 2005, when he was 27 years old and she was 14.
Charges were filed against Timothy Joseph Amundson, 33, in Kitsap County District Court in late May. He was arrested June 4 by Seattle police after the girl told Bainbridge Island police she saw Amundson at her high school.
Bainbridge police had been investigating Amundson since March 2008.
Court documents say the two met over the Internet and established a relationship by phone. Amundson lived in Minnesota when they met, but he later moved to California and then Seattle. The girl tried to end the relationship when she turned 16, but Amundson continued contacting her via phone, e-mail and text message, according to court documents.
The victim hadn't heard from Amundson since January before she spotted him on her high school campus in May. Seattle Police contacted Amundson in Seattle, where he was living as a transient in a shelter.
Sexual exploitation of a minor is a felony and cyberstalking is a gross misdemeanor. Amundson remains in Kitsap County jail on $250,000 bail.