GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) - A man has been arrested for alleged attempted sexual exploitation on a child.
Sgt. Susan West with the Greeley Police Department said Brian Robert Heinrich, 37, was arrested on charges of attempted sexual assault on a child and attempted sexual exploitation of a child on Tuesday.
The investigation began June 10 after a Homeland Security Investigations special agent responded to a suspicious Internet posting.
“The agent exchanged several emails with the poster over the next 10 days during which the poster, later determined to be Heinrich, indicated he was interested in traveling to Greeley to have sex with a 6-year-old male,” West said in a statement.
Heinrich was taken into custody after meeting an undercover officer who he thought would lead him to meet the child. Police said he had camera equipment with him that they believe he intended to use to record the encounter.
Heinrich is being held at the Weld County Jail.
Additional Information From Greeley Police
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its http://www.ice.gov/tips. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce <http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/> , an internatiodnal alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.