- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - An employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been arrested in Mesa for allegedly soliciting underage girls for sex.

Mesa police arrested 50-year-old Ross Dean Brown on Wednesday on one count each of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and prostitution with a minor.

According to charging documents released Friday, Brown allegedly posted an ad on Backpage.com in December.

A detective, posing as a 13-year-old girl, corresponded with Brown for more than a month.

Police say Brown used a computer at a VA office in Mesa.

Phoenix VA spokeswoman Jean Schaefer says Brown is a deputy director of contracting and the department is cooperating with authorities.

Brown, who is married, acknowledged that he planned to pay for sexual acts with a minor.

He is being held on $5,000 bail.


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