Police: Glendale man used social media to lure minors for sex

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale man was arrested Monday after allegedly creating fake social media profiles to lure minors for sex.

Investigators from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at 26-year-old Jake Stephen Pettenger's home near 69th Avenue and Bethany Home Road around 6:30 a.m.

Phoenix police said the luring incidents were reported by would-be victims.

Pettenger reportedly admitted to posing as a 13-year-old online in an attempt to lure minors for sex, and police said electronic media evidence was collected during the search.

Pettenger also allegedly assaulted a woman known to him, causing serious physical injury. Police said she was at his home at the time of the search warrant.

He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with one felony count each of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, computer tampering and aggravated assault.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Internet Crimes Against Children Detail at 623-466-1828 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.