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49-year-old Chino Valley man arrested on child sex charges

Thomas Kuntze, 49, was arrested by the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. (Camp Verde Marshal’s Office/Courtesy)

Thomas Kuntze, 49, was arrested by the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. (Camp Verde Marshal’s Office/Courtesy)

Friday, Jan. 10, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office arrested 49-year-old Chino Valley resident Thomas Kuntze in Prescott Valley on charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

The Marshal’s Office’s criminal investigations unit arrested Kuntze as part of an ongoing investigation in which he is alleged to have been communicating with what he believed to be two underage girls in Camp Verde.

Kuntze allegedly had intent to engage in sexual activity with the two underage girls, according to a Jan. 13 news release from Det. Dustin Richardson of the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office.

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office worked with Prescott Valley Police, which provided man power and logistical support, according to Sgt. Jason Kaufman on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Once Camp Verde detectives completed their investigation, Kuntze was picked up in Prescott Valley and taken into custody, the news release stated.

Kuntze was charged with two counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, four counts of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and 16 counts of furnishing harmful items to a minor through electronic communications.

Kuntze is being held in the Yavapai County Detention Center on a $150,000 bond.

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