PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Peoria man Wednesday, who deputies claim was having inappropriate conversations with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
The "girl" was actually an undercover officer, and the man, identified as 31-year-old Kevin Grellman, was arrested early Wednesday evening. Grellman was accused of been setting up a meeting with the "girl".
The investigation began online, with a PCSO detective Randall Snyder posing as the girl.
"There are a couple of different sites online where individuals commonly attempt to make contact with juveniles," said Snyder. "In this case, one of my undercover personas was contacted by the suspect."
Snyder said the suspect sent multiple lewd pictures over social media. Snyder started the conversation as his undercover persona, and claimed to Grellman that his persona was 14.
"Multiple times," Snyder said. "Not only advising of my actual age, but in other comments that were made."
The suspect had been in contact with who he thought was a young girl, up until an hour before the arrest.
"It terrifies me as a person and as a father that there are individuals out there willing to prey on the most innocent of our population, and have no remorse for what they do," said Snyder.
Grellman had allegedly said, during the chat, that he would be in a lot of trouble if anyone found out about the conversation.
"The more of us that are out there going after these individuals, both proactively and reactively, the better chance we have to shut them down," said Snyder.