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Man charged with 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

Dean Maxwell Cook

Dean Maxwell Cook

Prescott police arrested a man on six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after a person reported seeing pornographic images involving children on the man's desk at work, according to Lt. Tim Fletcher, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

An officer booked Dean Maxwell Cook, 51, of Prescott into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on six counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor on Feb. 11, and an additional eight counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor were later filed after detectives found more evidence, Fletcher said.

On Feb. 10, Prescott police received a call from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office about a person who saw pornography at a business in Prescott.

The person told police that on Feb. 4, a sheet of paper with about six wallet-sized pictures of naked children between 4 years and 6 years of age were found on Cook's desk; then on Feb. 10, two sheets of paper with pictures of naked children and a naked adult man were seen on Cook's desk, according to the police report.

Detectives believed they had enough evidence so they sought, received and executed a search warrant, Fletcher said.

"When detectives spoke with Cook, he admitted to downloading child pornography pictures that he believed, in fact, were of real children," Fletcher said. "He was booked on six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and additional charges were filed later."