A 49-year-old Mercer Island man was charged with rape and sexual exploitation of a child in mid-March after allegedly paying a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him at a Kirkland condo.
Jordan Church Lind remains at the King County Jail after his bail was set at $200,000 on March 22 in King County Superior Court.
According to probable cause documents, Lind allegedly met with a 15-year-old girl at his Norkirk neighborhood condo, where he lived at the time, and had the girl perform sex acts on him four of the five times she met with him between January and February of this year. Each time, he allegedly paid her $100 to $200 for each visit.
In early March, Seattle Police Department officers met with the victim at Denny Juvenile Detention Center in Everett to record an interview. During the interview she told officers she was involved with prostitution and she had a female pimp who posted ads on Backpage.com. After the victim would go on “dates” - usually located at two hotels in the Seatac area - she would hand over the money to her pimp.
But occasionally the girl went to Kirkland.
She told officers in the interview the first time she saw Lind she told him her age. He replied, “That’s OK, I like them young,” the girl said.
The victim showed an officer the location where she met Lind, 303 6th Avenue, and described what he looked like.
After following up on the details, the vicim positively identified Lind and officers obtained a search warrant. On March 19, the Seattle Vice Unit arrested Lind, who had a 20-year-old woman present. The woman has a history of prostitution arrests and had current ads on Backpage.com but she denied being there for such reasons.
During Lind’s transportation to the police station, the documents state he said all he does is “pick up prostitutes and has consensual sex” and that he always “checks their ID cards to confirm their age.”
“He then stated that his life is over, that he has terrible luck,” the documents state. “Lind then stated since he knows the degree of the charges against him, he feels he shouldn’t talk anymore.”
Lind has several prior felony convictions, including unlawful imprisonment, attempting to elude a police vehicle and possession of stolen property.
His arraignment is set for April 3.