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Mar 13, 2013 1:50 AM by Lupita Murillo

13-year-old Tucson boy used Craigslist to solicit sex

TUCSON - Three men arrested and now facing charges of having sex with an underage boy.
But there's a twist to this case, it was the boy who solicited them.

Oro Valley Police compiled a 52 page report. It details how a 13- year- old boy used the internet to solicit sex from older men.

"Very rare we see a minor soliciting sex on the internet." Lt. Chris Olson a 20 year police veteran tells News 4 this case shocks him.

The investigation began last September when the boy's mother called police to say her son had been sexually molested. She found emails on his computer that contained "explicit statements about sexual contact."

The mother says she confronted her son about the emails and then he made statements about wanting to die, and killing himself. She took him to the hospital.

The mother told detectives, of a "....smililar incident that occurred two years ago."

When he was 11, she says her son solicited adult sexual contact thru Craig's list.

Police searched the boy's computer and found the postings. "Young boy requesting various sexual acts from older men" he also posted, "You must be into very young kids."

The boy told detectives, "When these things happen (referring to meeting males for sexual activity) he is not in the right state of mind."

The boy admitted to having sex with six different men. Three have been arrested. 36-year-old Stephan B. Kraus, 28-year- old Khaled A. Elhout charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. And 67-year old Gerald P. Winder, charged with one count aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Even though it was the 13- year- old who solicited them Lt. Olson says, " The law is going to go after the adults in this situation they know right from wrong."
Stephan Kraus faces the most charges, 22 counts in all.

Investigators raided his house, seized his computers and spoke to his wife. Lt. Olson says, " We found out she knew her husband was engaging in sexual activity with men but she was not aware he was engaging in sexual activity with children. "

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist and bestselling author. News 4 asked him about this child, and he also read the police reports.

"This is a kid who obviously doesn't like himself. He's putting himself in a destructive situation where he's used. Can a kid change? Yeah, people can always change but it takes something super natural quite frankly to turn a kid around that's in that deep of behavioral pattern at age 13.
Oro Valley Police say for now the case is closed and if they should get leads on who the other three suspects might be, they will reopen the case.


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