Thursday, July 23, 2009

Charles William Schaaf Charged with Sexual Exploitation of Child


Authorities say a man from Prescott wanted on a number of sex crimes violations has been arrested in Alabama.

Officials say 57-year-old Charles William Schaaf was picked up in Shelby County last week.

According to Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, a search warrant had been issued for Schaaf's arrest as a result of allegations from 2007-2008.

Child Protective Services reported to officials that a female minor had been involved in sexual activity with an adult male, D'Evelyn said.

He said her guardian, Schaaf, was aware of the relationship but failed to report the activity.

Detectives learned that Schaaf allowed the minor and other teenagers to "party" at a home on Prescott East Highway, officials said.

Schaaf was alleged to have provided alcohol and drugs to the minors during the parties while videotaping their activity.

After several interviews, detectives reportedly learned that Schaaf kept child pornography images on his computer. They also investigated claims that certain adult males, some living at the home, were having sex with minor females.

In the meantime, Schaaf had apparently moved to Casa Grande where a search warrant was served on his home in 2008. Detectives reportedly confiscated Schaaf's computer where forensic experts found child pornography, according to D'Evelyn.

He said detectives found several thousand videos and images involving children as young as 9- or 10-years-old.

D'Evelyn said detectives recently discovered that Schaaf was no longer at the Casa Grande residence and could not be found.

They had information that Schaaf could be in Alabama, where he was arrested on July 17.

Schaaf faces extradition and charges of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sexual exploitation of a child, among other charges.

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