On July 19, 30-year-old Kai Keller of Cottonwood was arrested for aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation in a commercial parking lot.
A few days earlier, Keller made an online contact through a social networking site with a person he thought was a teenage girl. Keller described specific sex acts he wanted to engage in with the minor. During the text chats, he mentioned having a recent sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Keller sent pornographic images of himself on several occasions. On July 18, Keller suggested a meeting place in Cottonwood where they could have sex.
On July 19, Keller arrived as promised at the location and was identified by a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy. Keller told the deputy he was glad he was arrested before he could hurt a young girl.
Keller was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.
On Aug. 2, 60-year-old Ken Roberts of Tucson was arrested in Cottonwood for several counts of aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation. In July of 2013, Roberts initiated online contact via a social networking site with a person he believed was a female teenaged minor.
Ongoing text messages included numerous unsolicited images of Roberts' genitalia and descriptions of sex acts he wanted to perform on the minor. He also sent a photo of his face along with photos of lingerie he bought and intended for the girl model for him.
Late in July, Roberts suggested an August 2 meeting with the girl at a pre-arranged Cottonwood location. He planned to pick her up and take her to a local hotel room. On that date, Roberts was met by YCSO deputies who confirmed his identity and involvement in the online sexual predator activities.
Roberts was booked at the Camp Verde jail and remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond.
These arrests should serve as a warning to parents that monitoring your children's online activity is very important. Chat rooms are especially concerning. For parents, please consider reviewing an internet safety presentation sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A direct link to the program is provided here - http://www.netsmartz.org/Presentations/Parents.
Remember, encourage your children to immediately report any suspicious online contacts and remind them predators also use alias names and photos to give the impression they are someone else.
This type of ruse is used to gain trust and obtain personal information in hopes establishing a relationship beyond the online contact.