More than 2 dozen suspects arrested in child sex crimes sting operation, Tempe PD says
An undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl engaged in a text conversation with a man who said he was 18. The man told the alleged 14-year-old girl that he wanted her to perform oral sex to him. When he got to the arranged location, he was arrested and identified as Alex Waldron. Waldron had marijuana, porno videos, flowers and snacks with him. Waldron admitted lying about being 18 when he’s 31. He also admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 19.
Andrew Herrington allegedly reached out to a number used in a false ad online. He offered $200 to have sex without a condom with a 16-year-old. A couple of days later he reached out again offering $150 for oral sex without a condom. The man arrived at the agreed location where he was arrested. Herrington had a cell phone with him from which the text messages were sent from.
Chickering initiated a text and verbal conversation with undercover detective agreeing to meet a 15-year-old girl. He offered to pay $140 for an hour of service, asking for mutual oral and vaginal sex. The man arrived at the indicated place where he told the undercover detective he wanted to make that a regular arrangement, right before he was arrested.
An undercover agent received a text to a number used on a website ad. During the text conversation, a man sending the messages asked to have oral sex and sex with no condom with a 14-year-old girl for $100. When Spring arrived at the set location, he had a cell phone with him. The number he gave to the investigators was the same number the text messages were sent from. Spring admitted he went online looking for women and sent messages to phone numbers in the ad.
A cell used for undercover investigation received a text message from a person asking for oral and anal sex with a 16-year-old girl offering to pay $500. Other text messages continued to ask for sex acts and said would provide money over the next few days. The man also sent a picture of his penis. When the man arrived at the disclosed location he was arrested and identified as Travis J. Salmon. Salmon had the cell phone with the number matching the one requesting sex with the minor. He said he had met with a 16-year-old a few days before and that he was there to meet with an old friend.