Henderson police have been arresting men seeking to meet underage boys and girls on the Web site craigslist, nabbing six locals and one tourist since the effort began in February.
The operation, which relies on a little-used state law, is the first of its kind for the department. Police say one of the most blatant was posted in January by year-old Thomas Doucette, a Las Vegas man.
Assuming the identity of a year-old boy, Detective Wayne Nichols responded that he saw the ad while looking for lawn mowers with his dad at the store. From there, Doucette balked, but then began sending graphic pictures and began asking for some in return.
Doucette showed up at the meeting place and, according to his arrest report, upon his arrest he told police he was HIV positive.
Under the law, a suspect merely has to have intent to have sexual contact with somebody he believes is under Clark County District Attorney David Roger and defense attorney Robert Draskovich said the law is far more often prosecuted on the federal level. Draskovich, who handles many cases involving people facing child sex crimes, said he has never seen the law used as the primary charge against someone in Clark County. Usually, someone is facing more serious charges in which there are actual victims, not just theoretical ones, Draskovich said.
None of the defendants have criminal histories relating to sexual conduct with minors, according to police. Among those arrested are the former director of entertainment at Planet Hollywood, year-old Craig Thomas Tiffee, and a local attorney, year-old Richard Lee Crane. Tiffee disputes that there was any sexual conduct involved, according to Draskovich, who is representing him. After he was arrested at the meeting place, Crane denied any involvement in what police allege he did.
Henderson police believe they are doing justice by prosecuting people who are looking to have sex with minors. The cases have yet to go to trial. He saves the correspondence and ends the conversation there.
John Douglas Dignan, whom Draskovich is also representing, posted an ad looking for a teenage female. When Dignan was arrested more than two weeks later, he had rented a hotel room on Boulder Highway and purchased two six packs of wine coolers and a box of condoms, the report states.
None of the arrests, which involve multiple officers, have turned violent so far. What am I going to tell my family?
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