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Denver child predator traveled to Fort Morgan seeking sex with 14-year-old – Julesburg Advocate | #childpredator | #onlinepredator | #sextrafficing

Fort Morgan Police Department

Fort Morgan police have apprehended a Denver man in relation to a child predator sting operation.

Last week, through a joint operation with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations and Homeland Security, Fort Morgan police participated in an operation focusing on child predators, through several months of planning and the utilization of numerous crime analysts, agents and officers from federal, state and local jurisdictions, Police Chief Loren Sharp said.

“It is disheartening to know that there are people out there looking to hurt our children,” Sharp said. “While I know these people exist in every community, this highlights the importance of protecting our children and understanding what evil lurks behind the keyboard of a computer or phone. I plead with all parents to do your part to protect your children and emphasize the fact that, on the Internet, anyone can be someone else and the person you think you know, may not be the person you think they are at all.”

Law enforcement used undercover online profiles to offer sex with figmented underage children through Internet sites, he added. Numerous individuals from around the state chatted with officers, believing that they were going to have an opportunity to have sex with a child.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, John Custer, 38, of Denver drove to Fort Morgan believing he was going to have sex with a 14-year-old male, Sharp said, adding that Custer has the presumption of innocence in the case.

“Human trafficking does happen and it is very possible that it happens right here, in our community,” Sharp said. “I am proud of all who work to protect the most precious asset in our society, our children.”

Upon his arrival in Fort Morgan, Custer was arrested on charges of enticement of a child, Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. He was held without bond in the Morgan County Detention Center until Friday, when he was given a $5,000 bond, which he posted the same day.

While working the operation, law enforcement officers from various agencies also arrested four people throughout the county on various outstanding felony warrants. The participating agencies included the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Brush Police Department, 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Morgan County Communications Center.

“This shows, once again, that the relationships between law enforcement agencies in Morgan County are strong and that by working together, we can accomplish anything,” said Sharp, thanking all officers involved in both operations.

Fort Morgan police have dedicated an officer to participate on a Federal Task Force with Homeland Security to work cases such as the one last week centering on a child predator, along with drug investigations in the county and throughout the region, Sharp said.

“Joining this task force will provide resources for operations like this, as well as drug operations in our community, where our resources are otherwise scarce and where our regional partners are unable to provide the personnel it takes to run a task force,” Sharp added.

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