Aurora prostitution sting nabbs more than 30 suspected johns

DENVER - Authorities say more than 30 people face charges in a large prostitution sting targeting customers in Aurora.

Nine of the people face felonies for patronizing a prostitute who was a 17-year-old high school student. Court documents obtained Wednesday show the investigation, involving local police departments and the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, began when the underage girl's father discovered sexual images on her cellphone.

The documents say a woman recruited girls for a pimp, who placed advertisements on websites offering them for prostitution. That man, 40-year-old Carlos Stegall, was charged last year with more than 75 counts including trafficking in children and child prostitution.

Documents show phone records from that case helped investigators identify at least 29 customers. Police say the crimes happened in October and November 2013.

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