Seeley Lake man charged with child sex offenses

By Vince Lovato, Pathfnder Editor

SEELEY LAKE – A Missoula County Sheriff's detective, posing as a 14-year-old girl on a social media site, lured a 61-year-old Seeley Lake man into an illicit rendezvous in Missoula, where he was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault of a minor.

After the weeks-long online interaction, Detective Travis Wafstet arrested Charles Lief Isaacson, at the rendezvous location and booked him into the Missoula County Detention Facility on Oct. 25.

Isaacson is being held on $100,000 bail, which has not been posted.

In a scenario right out of a TV crime show, Wafstet conversed with Isaacson through the social media site from Sept. 13 until his Oct. 25 arrest.

According to the court affidavit of charges, Isaacson was aware his online love interest was a 14-year-old female detectives dubbed "Doe," from the first day they connected online and that fact was "reaffirmed many times" during those conversations.

Isaacson quickly began referring to Doe as "princess" or "baby" and he continuously repeated that he thought she was "gorgeous," "beautiful," "hot," and "fine" even after learning her age, according to the affidavit.

On Oct. 8, Isaacson asked to visit Doe when her guardian(s) were at work. On many occasions, Isaacson described detailed sexual acts he wanted to perform on Doe and promised he would not impregnate her.

On Oct. 17, Isaacson and Doe arranged a meeting for Oct. 25 and he continued to state his intentions to have sex with her.

When Isaacson arrived at the rendezvous point, he was arrested.

According to the report, Isaacson admitted he traveled to Missoula to meet Doe for sex and he knew she was 14 years old and the age of consent is 18.

At the end of his interview with detectives, Isaacson said, "he knew that he was not going to see his cat for again for a very long time."

He was living less than one block from Seeley Lake Elementary School and was a volunteer firefighter for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District.


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