Arizona child trafficking sting leads to 5 arrests

A sting operation to catch sexual predators in Arizona led to the arrest of five men, including a former police officer.

Jordan Holloway, 26, Ryan Kellerman, 36, Matthew Salley, 38, Daniel May, 40, and Christopher Butts, 44, are all in custody for sex crimes.

The suspects were arrested between August 26 and September 3, as part of a months-long mission called “Operation Home Alone 2.

Operation Home Alone 2

The mission joined the efforts of state, local, and federal authorities, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to catch sexual predators in Pinal County who “attempted to lure underage children with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.” The operation was led by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS).

On August 26, May and Salley, both of Maricopa, were arrested and charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Holloway was charged with the same crime the following day.

Authorities arrested Kellerman, of Maricopa, September 3 on charges of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful items to a minor. He is also a suspect in a child pornography case with the Maricopa Police Department.

A former police detective from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Butts, of Phoenix, was arrested and charged September 2 with aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful items to a minor.

Former cop arrested — twice

Butts was out on bond after an arrest earlier this year for the same crime. He is accused of trying to meet with a 13-year old girl to have sex.

“Christopher Butts is under current investigation and was previously arrested this year for the same thing,” AZDPS Information Officer Kameron Lee said.

Four of the men are at Pinal County jail, and one is in Maricopa County jail.

“HSI, working alongside our law enforcement partners, is deeply committed to pursuing alleged predators lurking within our communities seeking to harm and exploit our most vulnerable population,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “This multi-agency effort epitomizes our ongoing mission in Arizona and is a testament to the men and woman who working these heinous cases.”

“This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are pending,” ICE said in a news release.

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