SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – A local area man was arrested Sept. 14 during a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) takedown for child exploitation, assisted by several law enforcement agencies to include Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sierra Vista Police Department as part of the Southeast Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force.
Kelley Stanley, 48, of Sierra Vista, was arrested by HSI special agents after attempting to pick up a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual conduct. According to law enforcement, Stanley planned to pick up the girl from a parking lot near the intersection of Wilcox and Coronado Drive.
HSI special agents began the investigation earlier the previous week when Stanley used an online application to contact whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl. His conversation quickly turned sexual in nature, and he made preparations to meet the girl to engage in sexual activity. Stanley sent several sexual related images to the other party and requested sexual images from them as well.
After several days of conversing on the application, Stanley sought to pick up the victim and return to his residence. When he arrived at the predesignated location, he was arrested. Stanley was further processed and transported to the Cochise County Jail where he was booked for aggravated luring of a minor, luring of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
Stanley’s bond was set at $100,000.
This case is being prosecuted by the Cochise County Attorney’s Office who has closely cooperated between law enforcement agencies in investigation crimes involving attempts of people exploiting children in Cochise County.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free tip line at 1-866-347-2423, or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199; hearing impaired users may call TTY 802-872-6196.
HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. Further, HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify, and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.
HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 6,800 special agents assigned to 225 cities throughout the United States, and 86 overseas locations in 55 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.
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