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    Arizona Man Arrested for Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child

    Golden, CO – July 15, 2011) A 33-year-old Arizona man has been arrested by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations (CHEEZO) unit for his alleged activity in a chat room with someone he believed to be an under age female.

    Justin Ray Sargent was arrested on July 11 at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. He has been charged with two counts of Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, each a class four felony, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a class three felony.

    On April 28, a District Attorney staff working with Investigator Mike Harris and the CHEEZO unit was signed on in an online chat room as an under age female. The employee who was portraying an under age child was contacted by someone using the screen name “greetme_az”. Investigators allege that Justin Sargent used two or more screen names, including “greetme_az”.

    Sargent is alleged to have engaged the portrayed child in sexually graphic online chat. The online chat continued intermittently until July 7, 2011. According to the arrest affidavit he repeatedly asked the portrayed child to send him topless and other sexually-oriented photos of her. The portrayed child was actually an undercover investigator with the District Attorney’s Office.

    On July 8 Investigator Harris contacted Sargent by telephone and asked him to come to Golden and turn himself in. Sargent complied with the request and came from Arizona to Colorado. He was arrested at the DA’s office in Golden on July 11.

    According to court records, Sargent lives in Marana, Arizona and is employed by an Arizona school district.

    Preliminary hearing has been set for September 16. Sargent posted a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and was given permission by the court to travel to Arizona on a pretrial services travel permit.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    July 15, 2011

    Last Updated: 6-27-2013
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