Police: Man offered 9-year-old girl candy, cigarettes for sex

SEATTLE -- A Skyway man accused of trying to trade a 9-year-old girl candy and cigarettes for sex has been charged with child luring, a felony sexual offense.

Prosecutors claim Danny C. Park approached the girl on Sept. 22 at a Skyway apartment complex and asked her to follow him to his apartment. According to charging papers, Park, 57, promised the girl candy if she had sex with him.

A witness overheard Park speaking to the girl and intervened before notifying security at the complex, the Creston Point Apartments, located at 13445 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S., a King County Sheriff's Office detective told the court.

The woman told police she heard Park ask the girl if she knew "what love is" and invite her to his apartment, according to charging papers. The woman called Park a "pervert" as the girl ran home; Park is alleged to have claimed he was trying to tell the girl not to talk to strangers.

Deputies responding to the incident arrested Park, who denied talking with any children. Park appeared to have been drinking.

"He kept yelling and interrupting so I could not get through the (Miranda) rights form," the detective said in charging papers. "He said that someone was taking advantage of him and trying to get some money."

Park went on to claim he only said "hello" to someone, the detective added.

Speaking with a specialist trained to interview children, the girl said Park offered her cigarettes and said he had plenty of them in his home. Recounting the interview, the detective said the girl went on to say Park offered her candy, told her he "gets high and laid all the time," and said he loved her.

Charged with luring, Park remains jailed on $30,000 bail.