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4/28/2014 2:09:00 PM
Camp Verde man arrested with six others in teen prostitution sting
Conrad Gerald Bauman
Conrad Gerald Bauman

On April 22-23, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office joined with several other agencies to combat Human Trafficking in Yavapai County. YCSO along with Prescott PD, Prescott Valley PD, Cottonwood PD, Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security/ICE, GITEM, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) and Tempe PD, conducted an operation to target the buyers of child prostitutes. Human Trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world, second only to narcotics trafficking in terms of revenue generated.

The victims of human trafficking are often teenaged girls who, for various reasons, are forced to engage in repeated sexual assaults for the profit of a "pimp" soliciting customers for prostitutes.

In an effort to eliminate the demand for prostitutes, this operation targeted buyers who would otherwise willingly hire underage prostitutes for sexual gratification. After the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet the underage girls in a specified Yavapai County motel room. Over the course of the two days, the team of combined law enforcement officers apprehended those men who, despite knowing that the girls were legally considered children, were willing to exploit them anyway by way of paid sex acts.

A total of 7 adult men were arrested following their request for sex acts and presentation of payment in the hotel room.

They all face charges for Conspiracy to Commit Child Prostitution (ARS 13-3212).

They include:

• Conrad Gerald Bauman, 52, from Camp Verde who was released on a $50,000 bond;

• Daniel Head, 67, from Flagstaff released on a $50,000 bond;

• Alejandro Walton, 28, Prescott, who remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond;

• Clifton Reichle, 51, from Prescott, who remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond;

• Jason Pennock, 32, from Dewey, who remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond;

• Francis Kraps, 78, from Prescott, released on a $50,000 bond;

• William Brown, 19, from Prescott Valley, who was released on a $20,000 bond.

Another suspect, Eric Klopf, 36, from Peoria, drove to the hotel with a 17-year-old male after agreeing to meet with an underage female for sex. The 17-year-old was arrested following an offer to provide cash for sex. Klopf was arrested in the parking area for Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia.

The adult suspects were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. The juvenile was booked into the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.

Sheriff Mascher, the associated Chiefs of Police, as well as the men and women who serve with them, are committed to eradicating the purchasing of children for prostitution in Yavapai County.

"Anyone who thinks such an act can go unnoticed should think twice before making arrangements to meet a prostitute in this County," said Mascher.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Article comment by: Judge Not

All the facts are not revealed in news releases. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: T.J. O'Malley

Mike Ross, what if it was your daughter or niece or granddaughter, these people are real criminals.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: ID ID

Mr. Ross these are real criminals. They just did not have time to get there next victim. Out of these people beassured that at least 50% have already gotten away with prior criminal and obscene actions. This time they were caught, very good. What do you think it is when you have sex with individuals that are not of competent age or mental capabilities to do or not do what is correct. And the "Pimps" should also be taken down. Good Job at taking them down.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Mike Ross

Don't these police officers have any REAL criminals to hunt down??? Real criminals that hurt people like robbers, muggers and rapists.

Not horny old men who are entrapped by police officers pretending to be hot and horny 14 year old sex pots that want to have sex with them

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Mav Rick

@Tom Rabbitt
What an idiotic statement you made. Sounds to me like he, Scott Mascher, worked on getting several agencies to work in cooperation and if the reporting is true, stopped a bunch of scumbags and jailed them. My thanks to ALL agencies involved for a job well done.
Some of you just don't care too much for law enforcement it seems.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Lola Russell

The sheriffs are doing a fine job, way to use teamwork to get it done!

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: Pam E

@ Babbitt... You are either completely uneducated on this type of sting or just ignorant. This is a huge operation and takes MANY people to handle all the different aspects of it. And unlike the old days, most agencies statewide now work together and bring in their specific expertise in order to reduce costs for the best outcome. This is how it's done with missing and abducted children as well... the more manpower, the better the results. Look it up.

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Another example of our failing sheriff. The people of Yavapai County are completely dependent on outside law enforcement groups to get justice

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater


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