9 Men arrested in Yavapai County prostitution sting

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Noel Astorga, 30, of Chino Valley, Arizona By Christina O'Haver Noel Astorga, 30, of Chino Valley, Arizona By Christina O'Haver
David Lorch, 50, of Prescott, Arizona By Christina O'Haver David Lorch, 50, of Prescott, Arizona By Christina O'Haver
Patrick Fisher, 55, of Prescott, Arizona By Christina O'Haver Patrick Fisher, 55, of Prescott, Arizona By Christina O'Haver
Keaton Durkee, 34, of Phoenix By Christina O'Haver Keaton Durkee, 34, of Phoenix By Christina O'Haver

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- Nine men were arrested in Yavapai County this week as part of a multi-agency investigation targeting buyers of child and adult prostitutes.

The suspects allegedly responded to an Internet ad and made arrangements to meet prostitutes, who were actually undercover officers, in a Yavapai County motel room.

The sheriff's office said the men were arrested after requesting sex acts and presenting payment. The arrests took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Authorities arrested 22-year-old Benjamin Tullos, 28-year-old Samuel Cogo, 44-year-old Timothy Callahan, 45-year-old Craig Schoonover, 41-year-old Buren "Jarett" Burgess, 34-year-old Keaton Durkee, 55-year-old Patrick Fisher, 50-year-old David Lorch and 30-year-old Noel Astorga.

They were being held on bonds ranging from $1,500 to $40,000. Tullos, Burgess, Lorch and Astorga remained in custody Friday afternoon.

All of the suspects are residents of Arizona except Cogo, who is from California, and Tullos, who is from Ohio.

Agencies involved included the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, FBI, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, Department of Homeland Security; and Prescott, Cottonwood and Chino Valley police departments.

“I will continue to make these types of operations a priority for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office because the goal of protecting our children from sexual predators must continue," Sheriff Scott Mascher said in a statement. "I would like to thank all the assisting agencies for their support and participation in the investigation. On behalf of my fellow law enforcement partners, it is my hope these arrests send a message that preying on our children will not be tolerated in this county.”