Yuma police arrested a 27-year-old man at an area truck stop Thursday evening after he allegedly traveled here to have a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old female.

Edith Ruiz, a public safety technician for the Yuma Police Department, said that at approximately 7:46 p.m. officers made contact with the man, now identified as Bruce Parks, at the Love’s Truck Stop, located at 2931 E. Gila Ridge Road, regarding the allegations.

During the course of an investigation detectives were able to develop enough probable cause to arrest Parks.

“Someone who had knowledge that this person (Parks) was traveling here for this purpose did call us,” Ruiz said.

Parks was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center on five felony charges to include: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, furnishing obscene material to minors, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of dangerous drugs.

While Ruiz would not confirm it, it was truck driver Anthony Greene who provided Yuma police with the information about Parks.

Greene is with Truckers against Predators and has a team that poses as children online to lure in predators, then exposes them while driving his route. 

Although Greene did not confront Parks in this incident, he usually does, and broadcasts it live to tens of thousands on the group’s  Facebook page. Video’s of the incident can be seen there.

In one of the videos, Greene states that Parks traveled an hour and a half from California to get to Yuma, and that when he was arrested he allegedly was in possession of a rifle and drugs.

He added that the person who drove Parks to Yuma was also arrested because he reportedly had a warrant for his arrest out of Oregon. Ruiz was not able to confirm the information.

This is not the first time Greene and Truckers Against Predators have conducted one of their sting operations in Yuma.

In November 2018 he caught Matthew Sanchez on video trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex at the same truck stop.

Sanchez was sentenced to five years in prison, with credit for 234 days that he has already served, for luring a minor for sexual exploitation, which was the minimum sentence that he could impose.

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please contact Detective Townsend at 928-373-4694.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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