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Man arrested in Internet luring of a child

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By The Staff

Donald Joseph Cameron, 40, of Thornton was arrested Monday night on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child. Cameron, the editor of Ski Racing International, is alleged to have engaged in sexual online chat with someone he believed to be a teen under age 15. According to the arrest affidavit, Cameron performed sexual acts on a webcam knowing that the teen he knew to be under-aged was watching. The under-aged teen was actually an undercover district attorney’s investigator.

The arrest marks No. 124 of the Child Internet Sex Offender unit, known as CHEEZO.

CHEEZO investigators have made 64 arrests in 2007 and a total of 124 since January 2005. The CHEEZO unit was created by District Attorney Scott Storey shortly after he took office because he recognized the increasing dangers presented by sex offenders who cruise the Internet.

“These are not isolated incidents,” Storey said. “These dangers do exist and unfortunately appear to be on the rise. We take a very pro-active approach to the problem with an effective prevention program as well as undercover investigations, and aggressive prosecution through our crimes against children unit.”

Cameron was advised of his rights today. He is scheduled for a hearing at 10 a.m. Nov. 26 in Courtroom 1B. He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on $2,000 bond.