BEND, OR -- A Bend man is accused of attempting to lure an underaged girl from central Florida to Bend, for sex. Police arrested 42-year-old Joel Hoffman on Wednesday, after detectives were tipped off by Florida law enforcement.
They say Hoffman used the cell phone app "FriendLife" to contact the girl. Bend Police took Hoffman into custody during a traffic stop near 4th and
Norton. They later executed search warrants at his home, his car and his work. According to his professional Facebook page, Hoffman is a financial advisor in Bend.
Detectives say he knew she was under 18 and had multiple sexually explicit conversations with the girl, exchanging explicit photos, as well. He allegedly offered to buy her a bus ticket to bring her to Oregon.
Hoffman is charged with Luring a Minor for Sexual Conduct and Use of a Child in Display of Sexual Conduct.