Arizona authorities accuse Virginia man of attempting to have relationship with teen girl

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Daniel J. Courtney, 43, is accused of trying to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. By Andrew Michalscheck Daniel J. Courtney, 43, is accused of trying to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Virginia man has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail for allegedly trying to have sex with what he thought was a teenage girl.

In August and September of 2011, Phoenix Police Detectives from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted an investigation that brought them to 43-year-old Daniel J. Courtney.

During their investigation, Courtney reportedly started an online relationship with a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who was pretending to be a 14-year-old girl.

During the course of the relationship, Courtney used sexually explicit language and exposed himself on numerous occasions. He also allegedly propositioned the undercover officer for sex.

Detectives subsequently traveled to Virginia and spoke with Courtney, who admitted to his alleged behavior.

Authorities went on to secure an indictment charging Courtney with luring and aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had Courtney arrested in Virginia, and he was extradited to Phoenix by the U.S. Marshal Service.