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TPD: Suspect arrested for sexual conduct with a minor

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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Jun 13, 2014, 4:06 pm
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Ever since the To Catch A Predator series, I am bothered by stories like these and have a few unanswered questions.

First, what kind of mind is it that pretends they’re underage and want people to hit them up for sex? The very thought of doing that sickens me. I can’t imagine the character of someone that actually goes through with that.

Second, where’s the victim here? It looks to me that the only person they have this guy soliciting is a detective whom I am assuming is over the age of 18.

Third…why is it only the arrest stories and conviction stories make the papers? When the charges are eventually dropped against these guys, which probably happens more often than it doesn’t, there’s never any story about that. Yeah, yeah, I know…“charges dropped” doesn’t make as juicy of a headline as “pervert arrested”.

And, now fourth after rereading this story…this guy was arrested by TPD AND assisting US Marshals? Plural? Just how many people does it take to arrest one pervert? I feel as if my tax dollars are being wasted here.

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