24 men in Phoenix area arrested in child sex crime operation

MESA, Ariz. — Authorities say a multi-agency operation to crack down on child sex crimes has resulted in the arrest of 24 men in the Phoenix metro area.

Mesa police say they partnered with the Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler police departments and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as part of the recent undercover operation.

Over a six-day period, undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly used by suspects looking to perform illegal sex acts, particularly with children.

Police say all 24 suspects solicited or made deals for various sex acts with the undercover detectives before they were arrested.

The suspects ranged in age from 21 to 80 years old.

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