PD: AZ Supreme Court worker tried to lure minor

Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 19:35:58-05

Police arrested Arizona Supreme Court worker Merrill Nelson in February for attempting to meet with an alleged minor for sex.

A police officer noticed an ad on Craigslist on February 2 that was directed toward younger women. The officer acted undercover and told the 58-year-old that he was talking to a 14-year-old girl.

The two exchanged emails and Nelson said he wanted to have sex with the "teenager" on multiple occasions.

After several weeks of explicit messages back and forth, Nelson agreed to meet the supposed teen at a Gilbert park on February 29.

When confronted by officers, Nelson admitted to the inappropriate conversations, and for trying to lure the alleged 14-year-old for sex.

Nelson’s Linkedin page lists him as a Databased Architect for the Arizona Supreme Court for the past 11 years. 

A representative for the Arizona Supreme Court says he was terminated from his position on Thursday.