5 arrested in child sexual exploitation sting in Arizona

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 14th, 2020 11:37 am
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Last Updated Sep 15th, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Five men, including a former detective, were arrested as the result of a child sexual exploitation sting in Arizona, federal officials announced last week.

"Operation Home Alone 2" was a monthslong operation aimed at combating child sexual exploitation in Pinal County, Arizona. The operation included agencies at all levels, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Pinal Criminal Targeting Unit, Casa Grande Police Department, Maricopa Police Department, and the Pinal County Attorney's Office.

"HSI, working alongside our law enforcement partners, is deeply committed to pursuing alleged predators lurking within our communities seeking to harm and exploit our most vulnerable population," said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for ICE's HSI in Phoenix. "This multi-agency effort epitomizes our ongoing mission in Arizona and is a testament to the men and woman who [are] working these heinous cases."

Ryan Kellerman, 36; Daniel May, 40; Matthew Salley, 38; Christopher Butts, 44; and Jordan Holloway, 26, were arrested in the sting, the HSI said. Butts is a former Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detective who was charged last week with luring a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful items to a minor.

May, Salley, Kellerman, and Holloway were all charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Kellerman was also charged with furnishing harmful items to a minor.

"This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are pending. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law," HSI officials said.


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