A New Haven man police said is suspected of attempted sex trafficking is due in court today.
State police said Raymond W. Harlow, 54, of New Haven, was promoting prostitution of pre-teen sex trafficking victims.
The Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit started the investigation and undercover detectives set up a meeting for Friday, July 22 with Harlow, who police said made an arraignment to engage in forcible sexual contact.
When Harlow showed up for the meeting, he had narcotics and police took him into custody.
He was arrested on July 22 and charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, first-degree promoting prostitution, conspiracy to commit trafficking in persons and attempt to commit risk of injury to a minor. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
Police said they have obtained several search warrants and other charges are possible.
The Department of Children and Family Services will also be involved in the investigation.