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3 Arizonans arrested in international child porn sweep

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Three Arizonans were among 245 people arrested across the U.S. during an international operation targeting individuals involved in child pornography, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE said that 44 children were rescued and 79 others were identified as either exploited by others outside their home or are now grown adults but were victimized as children, ICE said in a news release Thursday morning.

Two people in Phoenix and one in Tucson were among those arrested.

Christopher Dale Fadley, 42, was taken into custody at his Phoenix home Nov. 30. 

"That wasn't a traffic ticket. There was a lot of police," said Glen Benson, who's lived next door for nearly a decade.

Fadley's neighbors had no idea the married man was a suspect in an international child porn bust.

"He was handcuffed standing out there. They took some pictures of him, put him in a car, and after about two hours took him away," recalled Benson.

Fadley is accused of aggravated luring of a minor, a class 2 felony. Using a Yahoo Messenger screen name, Fadley admitted to detectives he solicited sex from a girl he knew was younger than 15, sending obscene photos of himself and his genitals.

"You just don't think about your neighbors doing that," said Benson.

Two weeks before Fadley's arrest, neighbors also witnessed a massive police presence at a home in Mesa. 

Tony Michael Rockford, 21, was also taken in as part of Operation Sunflower. 

He played in the band at Red Mountain High school and graduated in 2010. 

Rockford is facing 15 felony counts of sexual conduct, prostitution, luring a minor and exploitation.

He allegedly threatened girls under 15 to distribute their naked pictures if they didn't have sex with him or if they didn't give him more explicit photos in the graphic poses he requested.

Rockford's stepdad created a Facebook page titled Messages of Support for Tony. Last week he posted: "We all make mistakes in life, some more than others."

"When you're on the internet, you're in the world. Out in the world, and there are people that can sit there and obtain all that information," said Benson.

Rockford is being held at the Lower Buckeye jail and Fadley has been released.

The Phoenix Internet Crimes Against Children task force was assisted by ICE and Homeland Security Investigations in the arrests.

Operation Sunflower, named for the one-year anniversary in which the identification of a sunflower-shaped highway road sign led to the rescue of an 11-year-old girl in Kansas, was executed from Nov. 1 through Dec. 7, according to ICE.

Agents from HSI and other agencies identified 70 female and 53 male victims, 110 of which were in 19 states. They ranged in age from just younger than 3 years old to 17 years old.

The suspects owned, traded or produced images of child pornography, the ICE statement said. Victim identification and rescue efforts continue under HSI's Operation Predator, the agency said.

The agency also released four wanted posters of individuals whose identities and whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information about those four is asked to call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE. Tips can be reported anonymously.

The identity and whereabouts of victims and perpetrators in these cases remains unknown.

Click here to see all of the suspects still wanted.

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