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Prescott man indicted in Prescott child sex case

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PRESCOTT - A 24-year-old man who had been in the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been indicted by a grand jury on two child sex charges related to a teenage boy he was mentoring.

Jeremy A. Offutt was arrested Jan. 13, 2016, after a tip from the state Department of Child Services reported that Offutt had confessed to his wife that he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy in January 2015, according to a Prescott Police probable cause statement.

Offutt had been paired with the boy as a "Big Brother" in March 2014, the statement said.

The boy told police that Offutt had sexual contact with him while in Offutt's dorm room on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus as well as while they drove in a car, the statement said, and Offutt also showed the boy pornography on a computer.

When a detective contacted him to execute a search warrant, Offutt said he "knew why (police) wanted to talk to him," but then requested a lawyer, the statement said.

He was indicted on one count each of sexual conduct with a minor and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Christine Clouse told The Daily Courier in January that Offutt was no longer matched as a mentor for the victim at the time of the investigation or arrest.

She said the youth mentoring organization has a zero-tolerance policy toward abuse and exploitation.

"We were angered and deeply saddened to learn of an investigation surrounding a young volunteer," Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters wrote in a prepared statement. "We have cooperated with law enforcement in the on-going investigation and with their knowledge, have offered support to the family of the child."

The organization said all volunteers are screened prior to matching, including an extended criminal background check.

Offutt is being held without bond in the Camp Verde jail.

Follow Scott Orr on Twitter @AZNewsguy. Call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2038 or 928-642-7705.

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