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Kirkland man pleads not guilty to sexual exploitation charges
A Kirkland man pleaded not guilty to charges related to the sexual exploitation of two young boys from Colorado on Monday in King County Superior Court in Seattle.
Andrew M. Hartung, 34, is accused of luring multiple young boys through gaming sites and coaxing them to send sexually explicit photos of themselves, according to court documents.
Kirkland detectives believe Hartung communicated with a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both in Colorado, for nearly two years. He is accused of trading gifts for nude photos with one of the boys. Hartung also discussed visiting the boys in Colorado this month before being arrested, the documents continued.
Court documents also allude to the possibility of more victims across the country.
Hartung will be back in court on May 15 for a case setting hearing.