FLORENCE — Pinal County deputies arrested an Ahwatukee man for allegedly trying to meet a teenage girl for sex.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 23-year-old Seth DeRosier on suspicion of sending obscene material to a minor, suspicion of aggravated luring and suspicion of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.

The victim, a 16-year-old girl, reportedly told her teacher DeRosier sent an inappropriate photo to her. DeRosier first began communicating with the victim two years ago on social media, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. It wasn’t known where the girl lives.

On Thursday DeRosier came to a house where he believed he was meeting the girl. Instead, deputies, who had had conversations with DeRosier under the girl’s social media accounts, arrested DeRosier.

The Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating whether more victims might be in Pinal County. Anyone with information is asked to call 866-5111.

Guilty plea in Beeline shooting

PHOENIX — An ex-convict from Pinal County accused of shooting at vehicles on a highway near Fountain Hills in 2016 and injuring two people has changed his plea to guilty.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say James Walker of San Tan Valley pleaded guilty Wednesday to 15 counts of aggravated assault and two counts of armed robbery.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6.

Authorities say seven vehicles were struck by bullets in the May 2016 shooting on State Route 87, also known as the Beeline Highway.

Walker was jailed on suspicion of 40 counts, including 11 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities say Walker was convicted of second-degree murder in a 1995 shooting when he was 16 years old and was released from prison in 2014.

Collecting mail-in ballots still barred

PHOENIX — An appeals court has upheld a 2016 Arizona law banning groups from collecting mail-in ballots from voters and delivering them.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a challenge filed by Democratic activist Rivko Knox, who said the law has caused her to stop delivering ballots for voters who request assistance.

The appeals court rejected Knox’s arguments that the statute violates her free speech and due process rights and is trumped by federal laws governing postal deliveries.

The law bans anyone but caregivers or family members from delivering a completed early ballot to a polling place.

Both parties have used ballot collection to boost turnout during elections by going door to door and asking voters if they have completed their mail-in ballots.

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