Police investigating convict's ad seeking 'your daughter'

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Ron Antonson
OAKVILLE, Wash. -- Police have launched an investigation after a man convicted of possession of child pornography and indecent exposure placed an ad in a newspaper saying he would "like to be a big brother" to someone's 7- or 8-year-old daughter.

"I just thought it was kind of strange, so gender specific," said Frank Burns, who noticed the ad in the Centralia Chronicle. "It just kind of raised the hair on the back of my neck. Kind of creepy."

The advertisement was placed by Ron Antonson, who lives near Oakville.

"I put the ad in the paper and I'm taking it out tomorrow," Antonson said in an interview Sunday afternoon.

Asked why he placed the advertisement, Antonson said he always wanted a daughter.

"Now I'm too old to have one, so I'll be a big brother to one," he said.

The ad in the newspaper read, "I'm 61 years old, I'm retired and would like to be a big brother to your 7 or 8 year old daughter. I like fishing, going to dinner, movies, bowling, etc. Call Ron," and then listed his phone number.

The ad itself may not be illegal. It all boils down to intent.

Antonson's motivation may be as he stated. But local law enforcement officials are concerned enough that they've opened an investigation to determine if Antonson's real intent was to communicate immorally with a minor.

Given Antonson's background, officers feel there is reason to question his motives.

Antonson said his criminal record is the result of a "misunderstanding." Asked why he pleaded guilty to the charges, he said, "I couldn't prove myself, they took the word of a 10-year-old boy."

Records show Antonson was convicted in 1995 of possession of child pornography, indecent exposure and public indecency.

"I made a few mistakes in my life. Everybody does," Antonson said. "The mistakes I made, I paid for them. But I'm not a baby raper and I'm not a child molester."

Antonson said the ad resulted in one serious response, as well as a number of obscene phone calls.

"Now everybody's going to see it. All of my neighbors are going to think I'm a (expletive) pervert," he said.

Calls to the Centralia Chronicle seeking comment were not returned on Sunday.