Trolling for children: Police nab man targeting minor for sex
A Tucson man accused of luring a minor for sex on the Internet is out of jail awaiting his next court date. And Tucson police are urging you to keep a close eye on what your child is doing online.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police have arrested Alexander Zumot, 24, for luring a minor for sex.
Sgt. Chris Widmer tells KGUN9 that on March 24, a mom reported to police that her 13-year-old daughter was having inappropriate conversations with an adult man over Facebook.
The information was given to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
"Had mom not done that we don't know in which direction this would have gone," Widmer said.
Widmer said detectives determined the suspect had arranged to meet the 13-year-old girl to partake in sexual acts, for which he would pay her money.
During their conversations, Zumot portrayed himself as a young man to make the victim feel more comfortable.
On April 2, the suspect arrived to meet the victim. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Child Predator Apprehension Team and Tucson Police Detectives.
Zumot was booked on one count of aggravated luring a minor for sex, one count of unlawful age misrepresentation and one count of attempted child prostitution.
Further investigation revealed the suspect may have had contact with additional juvenile victims.
"They know how to say the right things and find the girls that might be vulnerable," said Jerry Peyton, Director of Sold No More, formerly known as Streetlight Tucson.
Peyton says predators are lurking online all the time.
"You can't let them have unobserved access to the Internet," Peyton said.
And it's not just Facebook anymore. Online games, chat rooms, Twitter, even websites designed for kids: they're just four of the top places experts say where creeps are cruising for children.
"Parents don't want to have to be police, but to protect our kids now as parents, we have to do this or the police will never find out," said Peyton.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.