PHOENIX - Two Valley men were arrested in Northern Arizona after they allegedly try to meet who they believed were young girls they’d met online.
In the first case, a 62-year-old Mesa man was taken into custody in Cottonwood after setting up a pre-arranged meeting place with someone he believed to be a teenaged female minor.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect made contact with the ‘teen’ on a social networking site a few weeks ago.
The suspect allegedly described specific sex acts he wanted to perform with the minor and sent pornographic images of himself on several occasions.
In early July, the suspect set date to meet with the teen and on July 14 he arrived at the meeting place where he was identified by a sheriff’s deputy based on information previously provided. He told deputies he was there to meet a girl he had originally met online.
The suspect was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center for aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation.
In the second case, a 41-year-old Gilbert man also initiated contact with someone he believed to be a teenaged female minor through a social networking site.
He also described sexual acts he wanted to perform and offered money in exchange for those acts.
On July 14, the suspect agreed to meet the minor in a commercial parking lot in the Village of Oak Creek before heading to a motel room.
Just after 10 p.m. the suspect arrived at the location in the car he had described and was identified by a sheriff’s deputy as the suspect involved in the online arrangement.
He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, child prostitution and sexual conduct with a minor.
Authorities warn that parents should monitor their children’s online activity and to encourage their children to immediately report any suspicious online contacts.
ABC15 is not identifying the men who have not yet been formally charged.