A detention officer in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was arrested late last week on allegations that he exchanged nude photos and lurid messages with underage girls from around the United States.
Sheriff’s detectives arrested Dominic Boulter, 51, on Thursday at a Sheriff’s Office substation in Avondale. Boulter, a Canadian citizen, was released on a $20,000 bond and ordered to surrender his passport.
According to an arrest report, Boulter began using an online service called “Phonezoo.com” in early 2005 to meet young girls between 13 and 17 years old. Boulter ultimately exchanged nude photos and text messages with at least eight underage girls from around the country. Boulter also suggested that he meet the girls in person “to engage in sex acts and to get married,” according to court documents.
During the encounters, Boulter told the girls he was 15 years old, 27 years old and 32 years old, according to the document.
Boulter admitted to detectives that he had sent “harmful images” to one underage girl and that he chatted with another via text message and Web cam as he encouraged the child to masturbate, according to court documents.
Boulter told detectives that he knew the girl was underage, the document says.
Boulter, a Sun City resident, was booked on suspicion of four counts of transmitting obscene material with a minor, two counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of unlawful age representation, all felonies.
The court ordered Boulter to go on an electronic-monitoring program prior to his release and ordered the detention officer to avoid unsupervised contact with minors.
A statement released Monday indicated Boulter was a seven-year employee of the Sheriff’s Office and was in an “administrative segregation unit” at the Lower Buckeye Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio declined to comment on the case.