Six local men were arrested recently in a sting operation that was part of a national operation targeting criminals involved in sex trafficking of children, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
Police said each of the men contacted under cover law enforcement agents posing as year-old children on Craigslist, and made arrangements for sex. According to arresting documents, the six men — Matthew Bear, 29; Jared Brady, 36; Louis Brewer, 47; Richard Delahanty, 48; Thomas Foley, 29; and Frederick Norris, 52 — were charged with luring over the internet, child enticement, patronizing a prostituted child, and soliciting prostitution.
All of the men, except for Matthew Bear, were also charged with sexual assault onpolice said. According to authorities, the men were all arrested on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 after they arrived at locations where they allegedly agreed to meet the year-old boys and girls for sex. Police said Norris and Delahanty were also charged with possession of marijuana, which they admitted was for the kids they agreed to meet.
Brady and Bear had prior offenses and were registered as sex offenders, according to police records. Zappe said nine juvenile victims of child sex trafficking were also recovered across Colorado over the weekend.
The FBI said they are constantly monitoring the internet and social media sites for child sex activity and not only in conjunction with national operations. Counselors who deal with victims of child sexual assault at the Western Slope Center for Children said the sting made a difference.
They've interviewed more than victims of child sex abuse. The Western Slope Center for Children says they have sexual assault education prevention program that are free.
These classes are intended to help the public learn the facts, minimize opportunities for assault, recognize the s and react responsibly. First Warn 8 Weather.
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