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TPD fronts as teenager, arrests sex crime suspect

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Tucson Police arrested a man accused of having sexually explicit online conversations with a person he thought was an underage girl.

Thomas Michael Sherlock, 57, reportedly posted an online advertisement for "younger female companionship," and TPD Internet Crimes Against Children detectives responded with a false alias of an underage female on August 1.

Sherlock believed he was talking to an underage girl and police said he sent explicit photographs of himself and solicited the fictitious female to meet and participate in sexual acts.

Sherlock expected to meet the female when he arrived at the planned meeting spot on August 8. Instead, Tucson Police Department ICAC Unit detectives and United States Marshal's Service personnel booked him into the Pima County Jail on one count of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. Both are felony offenses.  

Child advocate groups like Casa de los ninos are encouraging parents to monitor their child's Internet use. This includes setting guidelines and even blocking some websites.

"Look at their behavior," said Susie Huhn, Casa de los Ninos executive director. "If they shut down the computer the minute you walk into the room, they're hiding something. Take a look at what sites they are visiting."

Casa de los Ninos does offer classes for parents on Internet safety for children. The link to the schedule is below.

http://www.casadelosninos.org/resources/for-parents/

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