Cortez High School teacher arrested on child sex crime charges

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A teacher and football coach at Cortez High School is accused of using the Internet to try to lure a minor for sex.

According to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, Jeffrey Huelster, 44, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on Monday. The charges against him include one count of aggravated sexual luring of a minor and two counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Both charges are classified as Dangerous Crimes Against Children.

Phoenix Police Detectives from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) served a search warrant at Huelster's home near 67th Avenue and Union Hills Drive in Glendale and at Cortez High School on Monday morning. The search warrant at the school was for some of Huelster's personal property.

"I do believe that it is safe to say that some of the IP addresses from some of the contacts that we were having in which he was reaching out inappropriately to teens could be coming from the IP at the school and so we believe that was on a personal computer that he had there," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

The search warrants were served after an Internet investigation which began in North Dakota concluded in Phoenix with allegations of illegal online activity involving a minor.

Huelster has been working at Cortez High School for the past three years. According to his page on the school's website, Huelster has been teaching for 16 years and coaching football for 23 years. He teaches History.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this suspect or these crimes to contact the Phoenix Police Department's Family Investigation Bureau at (602) 534-2121.

Response from Cortez High School