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Four men arrested after sending explicit material to agents posing as teen girls online

August 22, 2016 GMT

Four individuals were arrested in various parts of the county Sunday, all for crimes related to chatting online with whom they believed to be 13-year-old girls, but were actually undercover investigators for the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

William Thompson, Luis Zambrano, Kevin Tanner and Raymond Saunders were booked into Utah County Jail on Sunday, each for third-degree felony charges of dealing in materials harmful to a minor.

All four individuals acknowledged to the undercover agents that they knew they were talking with a 13-year-old girl and described sexual acts, reports state.

Thompson, 31, claimed to be a female and sent pornographic images and videos to the 13-year-old girl, according to police. He was arrested by Utah County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Saratoga Springs.

Zambrano, 28, sent at least six pornographic images to another undercover ICAC agent, after meeting on the KIK messaging app, reports state. He was arrested by the Lehi Police Department in West Valley City.

Tanner, 23, reportedly sent several nude images of himself and expressed desires to have sexual relations with the teenage girl persona. He was arrested by Utah County deputies in Kamas.

Saunders, 49, “quickly brought up the topic of sex” with the 13-year-old girl he met online via the KIK messaging app, according to police.

Conversations were highly graphic in nature and he said several times he wanted to meet with the 13-year-old girl to have sex, reports state.

He was arrested in Orem by city police officers.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said to his knowledge, no sting or joint effort was planned by ICAC investigators to apprehend these many suspects on one day. He said it was likely coincidental.