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Aug 29, 2014 6:24 PM by Faye DeHoff

Prostitution sting nets suspects seeking underage teens for sex

YAVAPAI COUNTY - A prostitution sting results in the arrests of eight suspects seeking underage teens for sex.

On August 25th and 26th, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office joined with several other law enforcement agencies to combat Human Trafficking in Yavapai County. YCSO, along with Prescott PD, Prescott Valley PD, Cottonwood PD, Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security/ICE, GITEM, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), Camp Verde Marshalls Office and FBI, conducted an operation to target the buyers of child prostitutes.

After the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet the underage girls in a specified Yavapai County motel room. Over the course of the two days, the team of combined law enforcement officers apprehended those men who, despite knowing that the girls were legally considered children, were willing to exploit them anyway by way of paid sex acts.

A total of seven men were arrested following their request for sex acts and presentation of payment in the hotel room. Another suspect, 37-year old Walter Christopher, was arrested at his home in Flagstaff on August 28, following the service of a search warrant. Christopher is a registered sex offender on probation in Coconino County. Detectives documented Christopher's arrangements for specific sex acts and his agreement to meet the "underage girls" at the motel. Christopher admitted driving to the hotel but did not follow through with the arrangements. He was charged with two counts of Engaging in Prostitution with a Minor and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. Bond has not been set.

The remaining seven suspects were booked on at least one count of Engaging in Prostitution with a Minor: 34-year old Donald Eden from Black Canyon City who remains in custody on a $20,000 bond, 22-year old Sean Holden from Flagstaff who remains in custody on a $20,000 bond, 25-year old Martin Zazueta-Suarez from Cottonwood who remains in custody on a $10,000 bond, 23-year old David Flint from Corona, California who remains in custody on a $20,000 bond, 19-year old Israel Rodriguez from Flagstaff who was released on a $20,000 bond, and 34-year old Issac Turincio-Villegas from Cottonwood who remains in custody on a $20,000 bond. 25-year old Michael Metzner from Cottonwood was booked on one count of Child Prostitution and remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.

All suspects were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center.

As indicated following a similar operation in April of this year, anyone who thinks such acts can go unnoticed should think twice before making arrangements to meet a prostitute in this County.

It is important to know that Human Trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world, second only to narcotics trafficking in terms of revenue generated. The victims of human trafficking are often teenaged girls who, for various reasons, are forced to engage in repeated sexual assaults for the profit of a "pimp" soliciting customers for prostitutes. In an effort to eliminate the demand for prostitutes, this operation targeted buyers who would otherwise willingly hire underage prostitutes for sexual gratification.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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