Dean Paul Tarnow (Photo: MCSO)
LAKE HAVASU CITY – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting undercover sting operations around Mohave County for the past several months. The operation targets individuals who are using the internet to lure minors for sexual exploitation. As a result of the most recent operation, one individual has been arrested.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Dean Paul Tarnow, 46 of Lake Havasu City, was arrested for 6 counts of Luring a Minor Under the Age of 15 for Sexual Exploitation, 2 counts of Attempted Commercial Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and 1 count of Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Training was provided by ICAC which greatly aided in the success of these operations.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to use this press release as a reminder to parents in Mohave County to monitor their children’s internet usage. The internet can be a wonderful tool, but can also be a path for offenders to gain access to your children. It is recommended that parents limit their child’s social media presence, as well as maintain constant communication about the hazards of communicating with anyone online.