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4 men caught in sting looking for minors online indicted

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 00:47:14-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Four Arizona men are accused of using the internet to lure children for sex acts.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Thursday that the men are connected to an undercover operation targeting suspects deliberately seeking minors.

Homeland Security and police from Mesa and Tempe were part of a state task force overseeing an investigation from late January until early February.

Jonathan Javier Esquer Mendivil, Lorenzo Ryan Ramirez and Brandon Allen Wycoff have all been indicted on charges including luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

Kenneth Edward Nelson has been indicted on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of solicitation to commit child sex trafficking.

It was not immediately known if any of the men had retained an attorney.