Redmond Detectives arrested an Oregon elementary teacher on March 25 for communicating with minors for immoral purposes and attempted rape of a child.
The detectives initiated a proactive undercover operation where they used decoy profiles on location-based social networking and dating apps to meet the suspect.
During the conversations beginning in October 2021, 50-year-old Andrew Hammond was told several times that he was communicating with a 14-year-old female. Several months later, he began communicating with a second Redmond detective, whom he believed was 13 years old.
Redmond Police say he continued to engage in sexually motivated conversations with the investigators, believing they were minors.
Hammond is a fourth-grade teacher in an elementary school in McMinnville, Oregon.
After months of sexually motivated communications, Hammond proposed meeting with the minors at a hotel in Redmond on March 25 to engage in sexual activity. He was arrested after checking into his hotel room.
Redmond police executed a search warrant on his vehicle and located additional evidence indicating Hammond was planning to engage in sexual acts with the minors, including condoms, lubricant, handcuffs, and duct tape.
Hammond has been charged with four counts of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, Attempted Rape of a Child in the second degree, and Attempted Rape of a Child in the third degree. He is being held at King County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail.