Cops: Man flew from Philly to Denver for underage sex

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Edward Gutierrez

Now this is a Rocky Mountain low.

A Trenton man flew from the Philadelphia International Airport to Denver, Colo., on Friday to meet what he believed was an underage teen he had been in contact with on Facebook, according to Colorado authorities.

But instead of being met by a child, Edward Gutierrez, 38, was met by investigators from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit, who charged him with luring a child and Internet sexual exploitation of a child, according to a news release.

Gutierrez came to the attention of Colorado authorities when he accepted a friend request on Facebook from a 13-year-old girl in November, police said. That girl told police she thought she knew Gutierrez when she friended him but once he accepted her request and she saw his page, she realized she didn't know him and he was much older than her.

Once the two became Facebook friends, Gutierrez allegedly began posting inappropriate things on the girl's Facebook page, which prompted her to contact authorities.

An investigator with the District Attorney's Office pretending to be an underage teen then contacted Gutierrez through social media and he began to communicate with the undercover investigator, sending sexually-graphic social media and text messages to what he believed was an underage girl, a news release said.

This culminated with Gutierrez asking the "girl" to meet him for sex, police said. He flew from Philadelphia and arrived in Denver around 10:30 a.m. Friday. From there, police said he rented a car and drove to a restaurant in Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, where he was supposed to meet the girl but was instead arrested.

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