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Sheriff's Office assists in arrest of two men on internet sex charges

Scott Corwin

Scott Corwin

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 40-year-old Tucson man early this week on suspicion of attempting to lure a young girl for sex in this county.

YCSO detectives say the suspect, Scott Corwin, went to jail Sunday on suspicion of committing four crimes, including aggravated luring a minor for sex, sexual exploitation of a minor, furnishing harmful materials to a minor via the Internet and possession of dangerous drugs.

On April 26, detectives say Corwin traveled from his Tucson home in hopes of meeting with the intended victim at a set location in Yavapai County.

However, YCSO deputies arrested the suspect beforehand without incident and impounded his vehicle.

Detectives say they found items showing his intent to have a sexual encounter with the victim, as well as methamphetamine and syringes.

Detectives allege that Corwin, an unemployed woodworker, met and chatted with a middle-school-aged girl on the Internet to arrange a meeting and

engage in illegal sex acts.

YCSO deputies say the suspect started communicating over the Internet with a girl he says he thought was 12 years old.

Detectives say that over a two-month period the suspect allegedly transmitted child pornography to the victim and used his web camera to send her live images of him engaging in sexual conduct.

In another incident, Knoxville, Tenn., police are praising the help they received from a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detective who provided a critical link in prosecuting a Tennessee man as a child predator, said Dwight D'Evelyn, sheriff's spokesman, in a press release.

The cooperative effort began earlier this year when the detective began an online computer investigation involving inappropriate sexual conversations with minors that included enticing minors for sex and child pornography, D'Evelyn said.

During the investigation, the detective identified one individual who sent the detective child pornography.

Because of special software the detective used, and help the detective received from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the detective discovered law enforcement officers from Canada and Tennessee were investigating the same man.

The U.S. Attorney's Office eventually obtained a federal grand jury indictment that led to the arrest of 42-year-old William Hulsey from Knoxville.

The Knoxville Police Department detective noted that the information contributed by YCSO was a critical link in sustaining the federal indictment, D'Evelyn said.

YCSO provided information that Hulsey was escalating his interest in child sexual exploits and becoming an immediate danger to children, he added.

"This story is testament that law enforcement agencies from all over the United States, and even the world, can and must work together in the Internet age to locate, track and arrest child predators," D'Evelyn said.

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