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Police arrest detention officer on charges of sex with minor

Daniel Shane Starin

Daniel Shane Starin

Prescott Valley police Friday night arrested a Yavapai County Sheriff's detention officer whom they say had inappropriate sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.

PVPD officers booked Daniel Shane Starin, 24, of Prescott Valley, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on suspicion of sexual assault, luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor.

On May 15, Starin's alleged victim reported her concerns to PV police. Investigators say they later learned that Starin had inappropriate relations with the girl off the job.

The victim, who apparently knew Starin, told police she had a sleepover with a female family member of Starin's at his residence in Prescott Valley when the incident occurred.

Police say they learned early on that Starin was a YCSO detention officer and notified Sheriff Scott Mascher about their investigation.

PVPD officers say Mascher offered the full cooperation of his department throughout the investigation.

Since the investigation began, police say they gathered evidence about the crime and Starin's apparent wishes to continue a relationship with the victim.

A PVPD detective began communicating with Starin via text messages. At the time, police say, Starin thought he was communicating with the victim. During those communications, police say, Starin made references to sexual acts he wanted to commit with the victim.

Police add that shortly after Starin was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives, he made incriminating statements.

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