SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A Springfield man was arrested, accused of trying to meet with underage girls for sex.
Holdyn Prociw, 26, faces three counts each of luring a minor and purchasing sex with a minor as well as a charge of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
Springfield police said on Jan. 7, three girls reported that they received unwanted contact from Prociw over social media. They said Prociw said he was 26 years old and they told him they were minors.
Prociw allegedly asked to meet with the girls and have them perform sexual acts in exchange for money and provided sexually explicit photographs of himself.
Detectives said they pretended to be an underage girl and arranged a meeting with Prociw in which he agreed to pay for sex. Police said Prociw arrived and was arrested. Police said they also seized a gun that was found in Prociw’s possession.
Merissa Standifer told KEZI 9 News that her daughter was one of the girls who received disturbing messages from him on Wednesday before he was taken into custody.
"Real impressed with my kid. She went straight to us and then the school resource officer. But I think so many kids probably just ignore it and block them and then they just move on to other kids, so that's what is scary to me,” Standifer said.
She said she is proud of her daughter for taking the right actions but said it could have ended much worse.
Her biggest warning to parents is to check that the location is off on the apps on your children’s phones.
Allie Galpin's stomach dropped when she saw the words luring a minor next to a name she was familiar with.
"I was like that happened to me, I’m pretty sure, but I just had never reported it because I didn't think anything of it at the time," Galpin said.
Galpin told KEZI Prociw started reaching out to her when she was fifteen years old.
She said he repeatedly asked her if she was drinking and if she wanted to come to his house, even after she told him she was underage.
"I’m sixteen. I’m underage. I’ve told you that before. I don’t know why you keep contacting me again, and he was denying it and saying he would never contact a sixteen year old."
Now several years later, Galpin said she is disappointed she didn’t say anything sooner.
She said looking back, the incident was much greater than she ever thought.
"My parents had always talked to me about safety, especially on the internet, just being aware of everything, but I think still being fifteen and sixteen, I was just excited someone was talking to me," Galpin said.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have information, contact detectives at 541-726-3721. More charges may come at a later time.