Arizona man arrested for child sex crimes

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- An Arizona man suspected of child sex crimes was arrested in Alabama.

An arrest warrant had been issued as the result of a 2007-2008 investigation involving numerous sex crime allegations.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office initially received information from Child Protective Services that a female minor was involved in sexual activity with an adult male, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

D'Evelyn said the girl's guardian, Charles Schaaf, was aware of the relationship but failed to report the activity.

The investigation revealed that Schaaf allowed the minor and other teenagers to "party" at the girl's home on Prescott East Highway.

D'Evelyn said Schaaf allegedly provided alcohol and drugs to the minors while videotaping their activity.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Schaaf kept child pornography images on his computer.

Detectives also investigated claims that certain adult males, some residing at the home, were having sex with minor females.

While detectives were looking into the allegations, Schaaf moved to Casa Grande.

A search warrant was issued for the Casa Grande home in 2008 and Schaaf's computer was confiscated.

Detectives reviewed several thousand videos and images and confirmed many involved child pornography with the age of some children estimated to be 9 or 10.

Detectives discovered that Schaaf was no longer living at the Casa Grande home and was staying in Shelby County, Ala.

Schaaf was arrested on several charges including child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and nine counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

He remains in custody in Alabama awaiting extradition.