An Arizona man accused of luring a 14-year-old Pittsfield boy to have sex has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa (Ariz.) County prosecutors say 47-year-old Brad David Cooper entered his plea Monday. His next scheduled court date is an Aug. 12 initial pretrial conference.

Cooper was arrested June 11 at his Chandler home on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor, molestation of a child and sexual exploitation.

Cooper allegedly met the juvenile online and convinced him to run away and join him in Arizona.

A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office report states Cooper posed as a 16-year-old, calling himself Trent Thompson, and arranged to meet the boy in Pittsfield.

After two days of driving to Pittsfield, Cooper allegedly picked up the juvenile and headed back across the country, making stops in New York, Indiana and Oklahoma before reaching Cooper’s residence in Arizona.

Police investigators say Cooper and the juvenile allegedly had sexual encounters while stopping in New York, Indiana and near the Oklahoma-New Mexico border.

Material from The Eagle was used in this report.


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