17 arrested for Internet crimes against children

CREATED Mar. 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar. 18, 2013

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KENOSHA - Seventeen people in Wisconsin were busted in an Internet sex sting, and the intended victims were all young children. 

All of this began on the Internet with men looking for sex. One of them, from Illinois, allegedly drove up to Kenosha for someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

“I can't fathom why somebody wants to have sex with a 15-year-old,” said Chief John Morrissey with the Kenosha Police Department.

Morrissey doesn't know what was going through the mind of Daniel Moctezuma last Thursday. Police say the Illinois man drove from Zion to have sex with someone he thought was a teenage girl.

“I can't personally fathom as a parent, what I would do if my daughter truly was assaulted, or my sons for all that matter, by somebody like this.”

Moctezuma was one of 17 men arrested during a statewide sting. He posted an ad on Craigslist looking for sex with “big beautiful women,” and an undercover agent reponded to his ad. She told him she was 15 years old.

Moctezuma asked the detective: “How do I know this isn't a trick?”

She texted him back: “What do you mean a trick are you interested?”

He responded with, “I’m interested, but you’ve seen those shows on tv where a younger girl invites an older guy over and then the cops show up.”

Moctezuma later admitted to detectives he was looking for sex.

Police arrested the man when he started to drive off, and he told detectives this was the first time he ever decided to meet with a 15-year-old.

“It just amazes me when he makes comments about how there's these shows where they're arrested, but it doesn't stop him from coming up here,” Chief Morrissey said.

The 17 arrested were from all over the state. The charges range from child enticement to trafficking of a child.