Sareena Morrison and Dustin Canup were arrested Friday after a strange sting operation involving police posing as pedophile sex salesman.
According to reports, Morrison and Canup would post requests for sex involving children on illicit sites in an effort to lure a father who was willing to sell sex with his daughter so that the couple could then rob the man and steal his child. When police found out about the scheme thanks to a tip, an undercover officer posed as just such a father and set up a meet at a Colorado motel. When Morrison, 18, and Canup, 20, showed up, authorities moved in and arrested the pair.
At the time of the arrest, Canup had a 12-inch knife strapped to his waist and handcuffs in his pocket. Waiving their right remain silent, the couple detailed their plan to authorities.
The idea was to meet these men at the motel and "extort them for money or take their money by force if necessary.” The couple also intended to"force the man to relinquish his 6-year-old daughter and take any money he had.”
The couple stated that any man they pulled this scheme on would not go to police because "this man would know that he, himself, was committing a crime by offering his 6-year-old daughter for sexual acts," according to an affidavit. The couple planned on keeping the daughter and raising her as their own.
Whether the couple was really trying to target pedophiles or not, what they did was still against the law no matter how you look at it. "If you commit criminal acts on criminals, it's still a crime," said Loveland, Colo., Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Halloran.
Canup and Morrison each face prosecution on six felonies: conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to commit kidnapping, attempt to commit aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, attempt to commit extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion.