Scott Helms (left) and Christopher Devine were arrested March 5. (PCSO photos)

 

Two Maricopa men were arrested March 5 by Maricopa Police on numerous charges of sexual crimes on children.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, on Jan. 3 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported to the Internet Crimes Against Children that apparent child pornography was being sent between Scott Helms and another unidentified person on Facebook Messenger.

The unidentified person is under the age of 18 and their identity is protected in charging documents.

“After interviewing (the unidentified person) he admitted to sending nude photographs to Scott on several occasions through Facebook Messenger,” the probable cause statement reads.

The report states Helms knew the unidentified person was under the age of 18, admitted receiving nude photographs from them and “engaging in verbal sexual communication and promises.”

After a data analysis was performed on Helm’s cellphone, the nude photographs and the conversations were confirmed, according to the probable cause statement.

Helms, 53, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, luring a minor and contributing to delinquency.

While investigating Helms, authorities discovered photos and videos of Christopher Devine, 48, having sex with minors during their data analysis of the cellphone, according to the probable cause statement. They also found sexually related communication between Devine and minors according to the report.

Devine was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual conduct with a minor, furnishing to a minor, luring a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The minor reported meeting Devine through a phone application called “Grinder,” the probable cause statement reports. When Devine was interviewed by police, he said they met through an app called “Daddy Hunt.”

Devine also admitted to engaging in oral sex with the minor on five occasions, anal sex on three occasions and knew they were under 18, according to the probable cause statement.

Both men, who live in Maricopa, were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

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