Missing Mass. boy found in Chandler; man arrested for luring, molesting him

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:54 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 10:41 AM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A teen boy missing out of Massachusetts has been found in Arizona, after police say he was lured and sexually molested by a Chandler man.

The suspect, Brad Cooper, faces charges including sexual conduct with a minor, molestation of a child, sexual exploitation of a minor, and luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

He was arrested Wednesday at his home on West Morelos Street in Chandler. Police say the victim was found near the home.

According to a probable cause document, police say the suspect posed as a 16-year-old boy online and spoke to the victim about running away and having a sexual relationship.

Chandler police say the suspect drove to Massachusetts last week and picked up the teenager.

Investigators say the suspect admitted to numerous sexual acts during the road trip to Arizona. Police say the sexual abuse continued inside the suspect’s Chandler home until law enforcement was notified Wednesday.

Police in Pittsfield, Mass., where the boy lives, had been searching for him since he disappeared last week. According to local media reports in Massachusetts, he’s expected to be returned shortly.

Police say during their interview with Cooper, he admitted to meeting another 15-year-old old male victim online and flying to Alabama to have sex with him.

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