Posted: Jul 8, 2013 1:04 PM by MTN News
GREAT FALLS - A sixth man has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of children in Great Falls in connection with an undercover investigation.
Thomas Anderson Quinton of Canada was arrested on July 3 after responding to an online ad on Craigslist that had been placed as part of the investigation.
Court documents state that Quinton, 33, drove to Great Falls from his home in Canada after engaging in online chats with an undercover officer that he believed was a 12-year-old girl.
Quinton told the undercover officer that he would arrive just after 4 p.m. in a white pickup truck. Shortly after 4 p.m., he arrived in the truck and parked in the alley behind the house on 9th Avenue South, as he had agreed in the text messages.
When he knocked on the back door of the house, Quinton was taken into custody by law enforcement officers.
Court documents state that Quinton admitted that he crossed the international border and drove to the Great Falls house to have sex with a 12-year-old girl and that he had planned to use the condoms in his pocket while engaging in sex acts with her.
The online ads were created by undercover agents as part of a sting operation that involved officers with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.
The law enforcement effort, called "iGuardian," is part of a nationwide operation targeting child sexual predators and is done in a manner similar to the "To Catch A Predator" TV news programs.
The arranged encounters were conducted at a home scheduled for demolition on 9th Avenue South.