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A 59-year-old Colorado Department of Corrections officer who believed he was about to meet an underage teenager for sex has been arrested by the Jefferson County district attorney's office for investigation of Internet luring of a child.
The man was identified as Arthur Frank Stafford, who worked as a prison guard at the Sterling Correctional Facility, according to Katherine Sanguinetti, DOC spokeswoman.
Stafford joined the Department of Corrections in March 2000 and began working at the Sterling facility in May 2008, she said. He was placed on administrative leave on Sunday, the same day he was arrested at the Village Inn, 4775 Kipling St. in Wheat Ridge.
According to an arrest affidavit for Stafford, on Nov. 4 Stafford contacted Jefferson County District Attorney Investigator Mike Harris who was posing online as an underage teenage female.
In the course of the next few weeks, Stafford allegedly sent the "young woman" pictures of male genitalia and asked for sexually graphic photos of the person he believed to be the underage teen, according to the arrest affidavit.
During the course of the online communications, Stafford allegedly said that he had a friend by the name of "Frank", who worked for DOC, who would like to meet the girl.