Prosecutors allege court clerk asked for help soliciting sex

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Pierce County prosecutors have accused a deputy court clerk of accessing records through his job to find a former jail inmate and asking for help arranging for sex with a juvenile.

The News Tribune reports that 47-year-old James Porter was charged Tuesday with commercial sexual abuse of a minor. He was arrested Monday. Bail has been set at $100,000.

Porter's lawyer, Gary Clower, says that "this is nothing but an allegation." He says Porter has no criminal history, is a lifelong Pierce County resident and has worked in the Pierce County Superior Court clerk's office for 20 years.

According to charging documents, an informant with a history of prostitution told Lakewood police that Porter reached out after meeting the informant earlier. Prosecutors allege Porter asked the informant to arrange for him to have sex with a juvenile girl.