Springs man arrested, allegedly used social media to solicit girls for sex

Police arrested Steven Leeper Feb. 5, 2014 for sex crimes involving minors. (Photo: Colo. Springs police)

Police arrested Steven Leeper Feb. 5, 2014 for sex crimes involving minors. (Photo: Colo. Springs police)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Detectives arrested a Colorado Springs man Wednesday as a suspect for a number of sex crimes that involved juveniles.

Through an investigation initiated by the Colorado Springs Police Vice and Trafficking team, detectives said they established probable cause to arrest Steven Douglas Leeper, 18, for soliciting juvenile girls for sex through various digital media outlets.

Detectives said they identified Leeper after interviewing several victims out of 200 potential victims.

On Wednesday, at approximately 6:45 p.m., detectives arrested Leeper and charged him with multiple felony crimes, including sexual exploitation of a child, solicitation for child prostitution, inducement of child prostitution, patronizing of a prostituted child, Internet luring of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal extortion.

Investigators said Leeper used social media, including Facebook and MeetMe, to contact both adults and underage girls. Through these digital outlets, he asked for sexually explicit images and videos from the victims. These requests often led to Leeper asking to meet in person for the purpose of sex, said investigators. He also offered to pay for the photographs and personal meetings.

Detectives said they believe there may be other victims who have yet to identify themselves, and are asking for anyone with information on this case to contact 303-444-7508.