The group, which includes a former detective, is accused of trying to lure underage victims with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.
The arrests were made between Aug. 26 and Sept. 3 in Pinal and Maricopa counties, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which led the investigation with assistance from local and federal agencies.
One of the suspects was identified as 44-year-old Christopher Butts, a Phoenix resident who once worked as a detective for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Butts was charged last week with aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful items to a minor. Officials said he was caught while out on bond for a February arrest on the same charges.
The other suspects were identified as Daniel May, 40; Matthew Salley, 38; Ryan Kellerman, 36, and Jordan Holloway, 26. They were each charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
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Kellerman, who was also charged with furnishing harmful items to a minor, is a suspect in an unrelated child pornography case in the city of Maricopa, state officials said in a news release.
The “Home Alone” investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.