9 MEN INDICTED IN UNDERCOVER CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION CRACKDOWN

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Several men face child sex crimes after an undercover investigation into child exploitation

A State Grand Jury indicted nine Arizona men accused of soliciting illegal sex acts from undercover agents who were posing as minors on various social media websites and applications. The investigations and arrest were in and around the area of Tempe, Arizona.

The Department of Homeland Security took part in 'Operation Silent Predator'. The operation was an undercover investigation targeting individuals soliciting sexual conduct with minors. In the course of the operational period, the below defendants were arrested and accused of various sex crimes offenses. Two defendants have been charged with child sex trafficking.

The suspects were arrested after they allegedly agreed to sex with the undercover agents.

Below are the names of the defendants, their charges, and copies of their indictments:

  1. 55-year-old Roy Edward Vasquez is charged with aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, and possession of narcotic drugs.
  2. 35-year-old Colten Stacy Jourdain is charged with aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
  3. 26-year-old Kevin Morales Evangelista is charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
  4. 65-year-old Patrick Edward Mai is charged with child sex trafficking, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted money laundering.
  5. 23-year-old Nicholas Dawn Benhart is charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
  6. 23-year-old Jesus Eduardo Mendoza is charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
  7. 29-year-old Lawrence Ruiz is charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
  8. 28-year-old Tommy Diaz is charged with child sex trafficking, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted money laundering.
  9. 57-year-old Franklin John Omori is charged with luring a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
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