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More Details On The Sex Sting Seven

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MISSOULA -

Seven men sit behind bars and more could be headed that way after a four-day investigation headed by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Justin Allen Zeiss, Benjamin David Emrich, Christopher Paul Adams, Karl Cilroy Wortley, Joshua Frederick Naethe, Daniel Anthony Hall, and Curtis Foster are all charged with sexual abuse of children.

This is the fifth time a proactive ICAC investigation has caught criminals trying to take advantage of kids, racking up 32 arrests since July 2013.

To pull it off, ICAC worked with forces out of the Flathead, Billings, Helena, Butte Silver Bow, Missoula, Great Falls, and Blaine county, to name a few.

The investigation ended Thursday.

Even though these arrests stem from the same main operation, they will be prosecuted separately.

"Every case we get is looked at independently. They are all fact-specific so we look at them as individual cases," said Stacy Boman, a deputy county attorney in Flathead county.

All of the men, except for Curtis Foster, are from Kalispell.

Bail is set at $100,000 for Foster who was in Missoula County Justice Court Friday.

To give you an idea about how involved this investigation really is, ABC Fox Montana takes an in depth look at the Frenchtown man's arrest and what led up to it. The owner of the Thunderbird Motel, Thelma Baker, didn't want to talk on camera. but she said that she's happy to help the police in any way that she can.

In this case, it meant loaning out two rooms to detectives trying to lure in a predator.

It began Monday and ended on Wednesday. Court documents say 41-year-old Curtis Foster set the wheels in motion when he answered an ad on Backpage, where a 10 and a 15-year-old girl were being offered for money.

The investigation was based out of the Flathead and so was the ad, but Foster asked the poster, actually an undercover detective, if they might know of another girl available in Missoula. They managed to strike a deal, using a made up 13-year-old girl who would supposedly perform oral and vaginal sex over an hour for $100. In texts and phone conversations, the money was called a "donation."

Detectives rented two rooms at the Thunderbird Motel and texted Foster the address once he made it to a nearby restaurant. In one room, where Foster went first, he met a detective pretending to be the girl's mom. They finalized the deal and Foster handed over the "donation" before getting the key card to the second room. When he opened the other door where the girl was supposed to be waiting, he found several law enforcement officers who eventually had to threaten to taser Foster to take him into custody.

Back at the station, Foster said he thought the girl might turn out to be 18 and he would've asked her for identification.

Foster should be back in court for a preliminary hearing September 4.

 

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