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Four men arrested in sexual predator sting

Posted: 7:32 AM, Apr 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-09 12:42:43-04

Four men were arrested this weekend in a joint investigation by Twin Falls Police and the Department of Homeland Security to catch sexual predators online.

55-year-old Jeffrey Scott Davis of Rupert, 26-year-old Aaron Evans of Twin Falls, 39-year-old Robert Allen Barney of Meridian, and 23-year-old Soloman Peppley of Nampa were taken into custody Saturday and arraigned on Monday after the men attempted to meet up with officers posing as underage girls.

Davis was charged with enticing a child through the internet after an officer responded to a Craigslist ad Davis had posted. He is held on a $150,000 bond.

Evans was also charged with enticing a child through the internet and possession of a controlled substance after he messaged a fake social media profile of an officer posing as a 14-year-old girl. He is held on a $200,000 bond.

Barney was charged with driving under the influence and enticing a child through the internet after responding to a fake ad from an officer posing as a 13-year-old girl on the website "whisper." He is held on $175,000 bond.

Peppley was charged with sexual exploitation of a child and enticing a child through the internet when he responded to a Craigslist ad posted by officers posing as a 13-year-old girl. Peppley was a volunteer for the midweek Children's Program at Crossroads Community Church in Nampa. He has a Bible school degree and previously passed a background check.

Preliminary hearings for all four men are set on April 19.