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State v. Mr. S (DMC No. 14024)

(5 Counts) Felony Child Prostitution (Dangerous Crimes Against Children) Reduced to Luring (Non DCAC) with 2 Years in Prison – State v. Mr. S (DMC No. 14024) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2014-156066):  Mr. S reached out to an undercover Detective on a tagged social media account.  The profile was for an 18 year old girl who was an escort.  It also included three pictures of an adult female.  After the undercover Detective was contacted, the Detective took on a persona of a 16 year old girl.  Various conversations were had about bringing in other girls for sex who were 13 and 11 years old.

Many of the conversations did not specifically refer money from Mr. S.  All of the money talk came from the undercover Detective without any explicit agreement by Mr. S.  Ultimately, he arranged to meet the undercover and he was immediately arrested for Solicitation of Child Prostitution per Arizona Revised Statue ARS 13-3212.  They confiscated his computer tablets and phone, which detailed all of the conversations.

Mr. S had some potential defenses, however, if he lost at trial he would face a minimum of 35 years in prison, and a maximum of 105 years in prison.  Just prior to trial, the State offered to reduce the charge to 3 counts of Luring with 2 years in prison.  Mr. S could be released after 1 year and 8 months with good behavior.

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