CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- Two men were arrested in separate investigations for luring minors for sexual exploitation. Both cases involved men contacting people they believed to be teenage girls on social media, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office release.
Both arrests were made on July 14. In the first case, 62-year-old Mark Maki of Mesa was arrested for aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation in Cottonwood.
Maki initiated contact with someone who he thought was an underage teenage girl on a social networking site. Maki described explicit sexual acts that he wanted to engage in and sent pornographic pictures of himself.
On July 14, Maki arrived at a pre-arranged meeting location and was identified by Yavapai police. Maki was arrested and told deputies he was there to meet a girl he originally met online.
The other case involved 41-year-old Craig Boening of Gilbert. Boening was arrested for luring a minor for sexual exploitation in the Village of Oak Creek.
Boening had also initiated contact with someone he thought was an underage teenage girl via social networking. He described sexual acts and offered money in exchange for them being performed.
Boening also arrived at a different pre-arranged location on July 14. He was identified by Yavapai police and was arrested.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office stated that they would like parents to see these arrests as a sign of the importance of monitoring children online. For a presentation on Internet safety, visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's webpage.