A Woodland Park man has been arrested on suspicion of online child sex crimes after a group that patrols the Internet tipped off police.
Robert Elliott, 42, was taken into custody Saturday, according to a Woodland Park Police Department news release.
A woman with Colorado Ped Patrol, a nonprofit group that patrols the Internet for child sex crimes, contacted police about Elliott, the release said.
The tipster, who had posed as a 13-year-old online, called police at 10:27 a.m. to report that Elliott had sent “explicit text messages and pictures” to her. She and a camera crew confronted Elliott at a local Starbucks where they were live streaming the meeting.
Elliott was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. After further investigation, including the review of hundreds of pages of text messages, Elliott was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child, Internet luring of a child and Internet sexual exploitation of a child, the release said.
Colorado Ped Patrol, which has 14,000 subscribers on YouTube, describes the organization as “Just a group of people trying to make it a little safer for all of our kiddos.”
The patrol has been on YouTube since January 2014, and its work has drawn more than one million views.
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