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Leader of Tucson group at center of unsupported child sex-camp claims accused of trespassing

Leader of Tucson group at center of unsupported child sex-camp claims accused of trespassing

Michael Lewis Aruthr Meyer was arrested and is facing trespassing charges.

A Tucson man who gained national attention for his repeated claims on social media of finding evidence of a child sex camp near Tucson faces a felony criminal charge of trespassing, officials say.

Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer, founder of Veterans on Patrol, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, said Deputy Daniel Jelineo, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Deputies were investigating a separate incident when they came across videos Meyer posted on YouTube that gave officers probable cause to make the arrest, Jelineo said.

There are also other incidents involving Meyer that detectives are still investigating, Jelineo said.

Veterans on Patrol gained swarms of social media attention in late May when Meyer came across an abandoned homeless camp near West Valencia Road and Interstate 19.

He went on social media claiming the camp showed evidence of child sex trafficking. Law enforcement said the claims were investigated and determined to be baseless.

Similarly, a claim by Meyer on social media that he found a child’s skull in the desert about the same time, turned out to be that of an adult. It was found in an area northwest of Tucson that is frequently known to be used by migrants crossing through the Arizona desert.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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