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TPD: Suspect arrested for sexual conduct with a minor

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TPD: Suspect arrested for sexual conduct with a minor

  • Steven L. Cathcart.
    TPDSteven L. Cathcart.

A man was arrested Wednesday while attempting to meet an underage girl for sex, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

The suspect, 33-year-old Steven L. Cathcart, was arrested for six counts of sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of a minor, Sgt. Pete Dugan said.

In June, the TPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the Child Sexual Assault Unit developed information that a man in Tucson area had been contacting an underage girl to meet for sex, Dugan said in a press release Friday. During the investigation, the suspect spoke on the phone with a detective he believed to be an underage girl and agreed to meet her for sex, Dugan said.

After arriving at the meeting location, Cathcart was taken into custody without incident by TPD and assisting U.S. Marshals, Dugan said.

During the interview, Cathcart admitted to his intentions of meeting the underage girl for sex, Dugan said. The investigation found that Cathcart had also participated in sexual conduct with a minor on several different occasions in 2011, he said.

TPD urges parents to continually monitor their children's social media accounts, Dugan said.

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