Port Orchard man arrested for alleged sex crimes

Mark Douglas Gould was detained in Tennessee last week after allegedly seeking sex with a minor.

A Kitsap County man was arrested last week in a child sex abuse sting in Tennessee.

Mark Douglas Gould is facing multiple felony charges after police say he sent text and email messages to an undercover officer about engaging in sexual activity with a nine-year-old girl.

In an affidavit filed Thursday in Hamilton County, Tenn., police said Gould flew from Washington to Chattanooga on Jan. 24 to meet with an undercover detective “whom he believed to be the step-father” of a nine-year-old girl arranging a sexual encounter.

The affidavit says Gould allegedly “negotiated with the undercover officer to video record” the proposed sexual activity.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations were all involved in the sting, court filings show.

Gould was arrested and booked into Hamilton County jail on $200,000 bail. He faces multiple felony charges including the “especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor” and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Gould, 49, is a resident of Port Orchard and an employee at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport facility. A spokesperson for NUWC Keyport declined to comment and referred all questions to law enforcement.