Grass Valley man among those arrested in Placer County sex stings |

Grass Valley man among those arrested in Placer County sex stings

Samuel Clinton Thompson

Recently, Placer County Sheriff’s Office detectives made three notable arrests resulting from online sex stings, one of which involved a Grass Valley suspect.

On Sept. 21, Matthew Ryan Klein, 26, of Roseville, drove to Auburn to meet with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl after sending her obscene material via an online application. Once Klein arrived at the location, he was met by detectives who arrested him without incident. Klein was booked into the Placer County Jail for attempting to contact a minor for sexual purposes and sending harmful material to a minor. Klein’s bail was set at $230,000. He has since bailed out of custody.

On Sept. 22, Samuel Clinton Thompson, 32, of Grass Valley, drove to Auburn to meet with someone he had met online and whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl for purposes of engaging in sexual activity. He was met by Placer County detectives and arrested for numerous felonies. In addition, it was discovered that Thompson had been convicted and was on a federal pre-sentence release for possession of child pornography. He is currently being held in the Placer County Jail on several felony charges and a no-bail federal hold.

On Sept. 28, Chad Woodruff, 36, of Roseville, also attempted to contact an underage girl for sex. The underage girl was actually a Placer County Sheriff’s Office detective. Woodruff was arrested in Auburn when he arrived to meet the person he believed was a 13-year-old. Woodruff was booked at the Placer County Jail and his bail is set at $450,000. He remains in custody.

The lessons from this series of arrests should be education and deterrence, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office press release. First, parents should educate their children on the dangers of communicating online with unknown persons. Monitor kids’ online habits and usage: know their user names, know their passwords, know their apps, know their friends. If you become aware of an inappropriate conversation or relationship, contact the authorities for assistance.

According to the release, it is hoped that these arrests deter others from inappropriately contacting minors online. The lesson is just as applicable for kids as it is for adults: you never know who’s on the other side of the screen. It’s important to note that in all of these arrests, it was the perpetrators who reportedly made the first move, either by posting inappropriate ads or by reaching out to underage persons through social applications.

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