A Bend man with a long criminal record was arrested after allegedly chatting with an undercover officer — on the East Coast.

Donal C. Stevenson, 43, is being held without bail in Deschutes County jail on suspicion of numerous sex-related felonies.

“I have videos of girls of all ages doing things with family,” Stevenson is alleged to have written to an undercover officer, according to a 79-page search warrant affidavit filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

In April, police in Kentucky received a tip from a person communicating on the Whisper app with someone offering tips about grooming a prepubescent child for a sexual relationship.

Whisper is a form of social media that allows users to post comments anonymously.

The Kentucky agency subpoenaed Whisper to provide information about the person behind the user “dadshome.”

Eventually, they learned the account allegedly belonged to a BendBroadband account associated with Stevenson.

Stevenson allegedly sent the person three videos showing child pornography and tried to arrange to meet so he could sexually abuse the person’s 11-year-old daughter.

The daughter was fictitious, and the officer was attempting to lure Stevenson into criminal conduct.

Stevenson has prior convictions, including rape, sexual abuse, theft, burglary, forgery and two for failing to register as a sex offender.

He was investigated in 2016 for having a sexual relationship with a family member. The investigation was suspended pending developments, according to court records. The case was recently reopened based on alleged statements in the April 2019 correspondence.

Stevenson was arrested Monday and arraigned Tuesday. He’s charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, attempted rape, attempted first-degree sexual abuse and five counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, gandrews@bendbulletin.com

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