Springerville, AZ

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Springerville is a town in Apache County, Arizona, within the White Mountains. As of the 2020 census, the population of the town was just over 2,200 residents. Child sex trafficking, including the production of child sexual abuse materials (i.e., child pornography), has been documented in the town, and at least one sex buyer arrest has occurred in the community. In April 2019, a man was arrested and charged with two counts of child prostitution, sexually exploiting a minor by means of photographing or recording during sexual conduct (i.e., producing CSAM), and having sex with a minor. These acts allegedly took place in July 2017, at a Springerville hotel and involved girls who were between the ages of 15 and 17. The man had allegedly met two under-aged Springerville girls that he had lured online to a local motel. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was eventually found near San Francisco after a manhunt spanning multiple states and was extradited to Apache County, where his case was tried in the Apache County Superior Court. The man’s identity was released to the press.

Key Partners

  • Springerville Police Department
  • Apache County Sheriff’ Office
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Pima County Sheriff’s Department
  • Apache County Superior Court
  • Round Valley Justice Court
State Arizona
Type City
Population 2208
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