The 14 suspects participated in inappropriate discussions with agents impersonating minors on the web and also attempted to set up sex-related encounters with them.
The implicated predators, whose ages vary from 24 to 50, were arrested after turning up at a place where they purportedly intended to sexually abuse a minor, according to a press release by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The agency advised parents to talk about the risks of online chats with their kids.
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— LVMPD (@LVMPD) March 5, 2021
“Parents are encouraged to routinely monitor their children’s activity on social media and other online applications to prevent them from becoming victims of a child sex predator,” police stated.
Each suspect has been charged with luring a minor with a computer system to participate in a sex act. One of them, 49-year-old Eric Huey, is a retired substitute teacher for the Clark County School District, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The others have been identified as Pedrito Castillo, 28; Trent Courtney, 25; George Espinoza, 34; Deonta Griffin, 36; Kerry Krukenberg, 40; Andrew Lee, 40; Jordan Martinez, 24; Joal Robles, 29; Jonathan Santos, 28; Roderick Schmitt, 47, Carey Sherwood, 50; Rafael Villarreal, 35; and also Rene Zuniga, 42.
The multi-agency sting happened last Tuesday and also on Wednesday. The operation was carried out by Las Vegas metro police, North Las Vegas Police Department, Henderson Police Department, Nevada Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and also Homeland Security Investigations.
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