6 snared in child sex sting
Local men thought they were meeting 14-year-old girls, boys
Six local men — each of whom allegedly made agreements for sex with agents posing as 14-year-olds — were caught up in a sting operation conducted over two days last week by the FBI and local law enforcement.
Four of the men — Matthew Bear, 29; Jared Brady, 36; Louis Brewer, 47; and Thomas Foley, 29 — appeared Monday in Mesa County court on possible charges including internet luring of a child, enticement of a child, and patronizing a prostituted child, among other possible charges for all four men.
Two other men, Richard Delahanty, 48, and Fred Norris, 52, were advised Friday in court on similar charges.
All of the men are alleged to have connected with either FBI agents or local agency detectives on the website Craigslist.com. Some of the men posted lurid personal ads on the site, to which law enforcement responded, while others sent messages to undercover agents who had posted phony ads with sexual overtones.
Delahanty was arrested Thursday night. According to an affidavit, he responded to a personal ad posted by an FBI agent, in which a younger man sought sex from an older man. Delahanty was arrested in his vehicle near the Horizon Drive hotel where he allegedly agreed to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex and to smoke marijuana.
Norris was arrested Thursday as well. An FBI agent, posing as a 14-year-old boy, responded to a male personal ad allegedly posted by Norris. Norris is alleged to have arranged to go to the boy’s hotel with marijuana, as well as perform a sex act on him.
“Norris drove to the hotel, walked up to the room …, entered the room, and waited for the boy to come out of the bathroom,” an arrest warrant affidavit reads. Norris also was in possession of marijuana, which he allegedly admitted was for the boy.
Brewer was arrested the following day. He is alleged to have responded to an FBI-posted Craigslist ad the day on Thursday, and when the agent re-initiated the text conversation the next day, Brewer agreed to meet, despite being nervous.
“I sure would not like to meet up with you (and) have John Walsh come out of the other room in like ‘To Catch A Predator’ … just saying,” Brewer is alleged to have texted.
Brewer’s arrest affidavit says he was “invited to a hotel … and the individual arrived as invited.”
Foley was arrested at a Horizon Drive hotel at 9:10 p.m. Friday, with Fireball whiskey and $60, and the alleged expectation of having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met after answering a Craigslist ad.
Brady allegedly responded to a Craigslist ad from a 19-year-old girl, which was actually posted by a Grand Junction Police Department detective. He allegedly set up sex with a girl who said she was 14, and he was arrested just after 10:30 p.m. Friday after walking up to a hotel door whose number was given to him by the undercover officer.
Bear was arrested just before 11 p.m. Friday, as he got into his vehicle near a spot where he allegedly agreed to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Bear and Brady are registered sex offenders, and Brewer has a previous conviction for public indecency. All three were given $50,000 cash-only bonds by Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson on Monday.
According to the Mesa County website, Norris was issued a $10,000 cash-only bond on Friday. Bond information for Delahanty wasn’t immediately available.
Foley received a personal-recognizance bond Monday in his case, based on his lack of any prior criminal history.