Sat, Dec. 07

Cottonwood man arrested on drugs, sex charges

A 29-year-old Cottonwood man was jailed, and more than 500 videotapes were confiscated following his arrest Saturday on charges relating to sexual conduct with a minor.

David Spinney was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on a seven-count felony indictment including charges of exploitation of a minor, sexual conduct with a minor, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and using a minor child in drug-related offenses. Bond was set at $250,000.

Cottonwood police Detective Steve Butler said Spinney was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 1700 block of East Elm.

Butler said Cottonwood police had been investigating reports that Spinney and a 16-year-old female juvenile and a 17-year-old male juvenile were living in an apartment and had reportedly been involved in illegal drug activity.

An unidentified Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy was following up on a similar tip and was visiting the apartment Friday.

"He found drugs in the apartment and that sexual misconduct was taking place," Butler said of the deputy's visit.

Based on that contact, a search warrant was obtained.

Drug related items reportedly confiscated after the search included a desktop safe containing "marijuana and five individually wrapped Baggies and $200 in cash" and digital scales, Butler said.

Sexually-related items confiscated, according to the report, included: "photos of the juvenile female and an (unidentified) adult male engaged in sexual intercourse," explicit adult sexual-related devices, more than 500 video tapes, CD-ROMs and a computer, Butler said.

The computer photographs depicting prepubescent girls and juvenile males in the nude.

"We have not gone through all of the evidence yet," Butler said. "More charges may be pending."

The 16-year-old was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention facility in Prescott. The 17-year-old male was arrested and released to the custody of a relative.

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