ICE agent arrested for allegedly traveling to Othello to pay for sex with 13-year-old

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July 31 – An immigration and customs enforcement officer was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly traveling to Othello to pay for sex with a 13-year-old girl, Othello Police Chief Phil Schenck said in a press release.

Koby Don Williams, 47, of Ellensburg, was arrested on suspicion of attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree attempted rape of a child, and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, the press release said.

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Police discovered that Williams was working as a “detention and deportation officer” at ICE. His supervisors were notified after his arrest and the Department of Homeland Security is fully cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Williams was admitted to the Adams County Jail in Ritzville, but was released on his own admission on Wednesday. In an interview with the Columbia Basin-Herald, Schenck said Williams did not appear to be a flight risk and his release is not unusual given he had no criminal background.

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The arrest was part of an operation aimed at curbing human trafficking in Othello. Moses Lake Police, Toppenish Police and Washington’s Corrections Department assisted in the investigation, Othello Police said.