APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Pinal County sheriff’s officials say they’ve arrested an Apache Junction elementary school principal after an investigation into online ads soliciting teen girls to go skinny dipping.

Four Peaks Elementary School Principal Karl Judd Waggoner was arrested on charges of luring a minor Tuesday. Officials say an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl engaged Waggoner in an online conversation after spotting one of the ads.

Waggoner allegedly engaged in sexually inappropriate conversations and discussed engaging in sex acts with the undercover detective.

Sheriff Mark Lamb says in a statement that the 59-year-old educator was still posting online ads seeking underage girls this weekend. The sheriff says Waggoner spent decades teaching middle and high-school students in Texas and deputies are checking for victims there.

It’s unclear if Waggoner has an attorney.

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