Alleged Internet predators reportedly have hit Sequim.
A MySpace and Singles.net match went bad when three men from Puyallup drove up to Sequim to meet a 19-year-old female one of three had met online.
Matthew Villeneuve, 20, called ahead of time to arrange the date and got a room at the Red Ranch Inn, 830 W. Washington St. Villeneuve took two friends to Sequim with him, one of whom, Jonathan Pardo, 23, shares the same charges as he does in Clallam County Superior Court, rape in the third degree and furnishing liquor to a minor.
The girl agreed to meet the men in their hotel room and brought one female friend of her own. The group began to drink liquor and beer and before long, the reported victims friend began to get sick from the alcohol and went to the bathroom. The man without charges against him followed her.
Villeneuve reportedly asked the 19-year-old for sex. She initially agreed, but resisted his attempts once they became rough and forceful. Pardo was also present and allegedly slapped and bit the female several times.
She reportedly made it clear several times she did not want to continue but the men would force her back down when she attempted to get up.
After the female reported the incident, officials later found the pair in a motel on state Route 104. Villeneuve reportedly admitted to the actions but said the girl had given permission. When asked how well he would do on a polygraph test, he allegedly responded he didnt think he would do very well. Pardo denied touching the girl in any way.
Villeneuve posted bail with a $15,000 bond and was released under the condition that he live with his parents in Yelm. Pardo also posted bail with a $15,000 bond and is required to maintain residence in Puyallup. Both mens travel is restricted to western Washington and neither is allowed to make contact with the alleged victim.
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A message from the Sequim Police Department:
Internet social networks are a part of life in this age. They can be entertaining, productive and will serve a useful purpose in society for years, if not decades to come. However, they can be dangerous places too, especially for the young and trusting. Almost anything you post on a social site or chat room can be traced back to you or even your school or home through some very simple investigation. Think before posting information online and listen to your instincts. If your gut tells you that something isnt right about someone who is contacting you online or wants to meet you in person, your instinct is probably right.
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