COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Twenty-seven men alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with underage children online were arrested in a four-day operation led by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
In a release, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said 27 individuals were arrested as part of “Operation Moving Target” that ran from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27.
Undercover officers posed as children online on popular social media apps. According to the prosecutor, the 27 defendants, ages 21 to 61-years-old, allegedly engaged in “sexually explicit online conversations” with the officers that they thought were children.
Authorities said the men allegedly expressed an interest in engaging in sexual activity with the undercover officers and/or sent explicit images of their genitals.
“As we have seen the number of Cybertips dramatically increase this year, it is clear that online predators remain a serious threat to our children,” said O’Malley. “Hopefully the success of yet another operation serves as a stern warning to offenders that you will be found, you will be arrested, and you will be prosecuted.”
After the defendants allegedly engaged the undercover officers online, the men then traveled to a pre-arranged location in Cuyahoga County reportedly expecting to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
Officers arrested the men once they arrived. Officers said several men carried firearms, condoms, lubricant, sex toys, and drugs.
Authorities filed initial charges against the following men:
Adam Davis, 41, Painesville, OH
Rajwant Singh, 44, Mayfield Heights, OH
Germaine Truett, 38, Cleveland, OH
Jason Johnson, 37, Cleveland, OH
Ronel Washington, 24, Garfield Heights, OH
Hector Pietri, 29, Cleveland, OH
Kyle Vansteenburg, 28, Cleveland, OH
Raphael Robinson, 26, Cleveland, OH
Corey Huber, 32, Elyria, OH
Michael Labondano, 30, Lyndhurst, OH
Nicholas Cook, 38, Bedford Heights, OH
Chazz Johnson-Hawks, 22, Solon, OH
Ian Rensel, 43, Bedford, OH
Jerry Harris, 35, Westlake, OH
Carson Strnisa, 21, Seven Hills, OH
Justin Cowger, 22, Cleveland, OH
Kim Koran, 61, Cleveland, OH
Nathan Troup, 39, New Castle, PA (Registered Sex Offender in the State of Pennsylvania)
Abed Aldur, 45, Parma, OH
Arturo Martinez, 47, University Heights, OH
Phillip Jones, 30, Streetsboro, OH
Keith Kozak, 41, Brooklyn, OH
Pedro Correa Jr., 42, Cleveland, OH
Ryan Dempsey, 37, Ashtabula, OH
Johnathan Smith, 34, Cleveland, OH
Robert Spisak, 45, Broadview Heights, OH
Jason Schmucker, 37, Canton, OH
Charges include: attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, and possessing criminal tools.
A BLM protester threatened the President on August 28. A man named John Sullivan, 25, stood up with a microphone in Washington DC and threatened to “Rip that m*****f****er” out of the White House. Threatening to remove a sitting President is treason and terrorism at its most ridiculous.
“We gotta f**kin’ rip Trump outta that office right over there, f**kin’ pull him out that s**t…We ain’t about f**kin’ waitin’ for the next election, we about to go get that m*****f****r…I’m about that s**t.” John Sullivan, BLM protester threatens President
Sullivan is from Salt Lake City, Utah and has caused trouble there as well. He is part of a group called “Insurgence USA,” and was arrested during a BLM protest in Provo that saw a man shot in his SUV back in July. We previously reported that incident.
Protesters traveled through downtown Provo. The protesters did not obtain a permit for the event,” the affidavit states. “John Sullivan and Insurgence USA had social media postings promoting other protesters to join them.”
Between 80 and 100 people were part of the protest.
“The protest traveled on the roadways blocking motorists who have the right of way. John Sullivan blocked vehicles from freely moving lawfully. During the course of the protest, two handguns were brandished and two shots fired toward a motorist traveling to Home Depot. Vehicles were damaged by protestors as well as by John Sullivan,” the affidavit states.
“As a protest organizer John Sullivan is heard and seen as he is promoting protesters to block roadways, keeping motorists from traveling lawfully and freely.”
Sullivan was also captured on video threatening to beat a woman in an SUV, according to the affidavit, and then kicking her door, leaving a dent.
John Earl Sullivan was one of the organizers of that “event” – he is dangerous, and the Secret Service, and FBI need to have a sit-down talk with him. In handcuffs. With a high bail amount. A direct threat against the President of the United States should NOT go unpunished.
Police say the bullet burst through a window and then two walls before striking the baby in the head inside the residence
A 1-year-old boy died after an errant bullet from a street shootout burst through a window and then two walls before hitting the child in the head as he lay sleeping inside a Pennsylvania residence, police said.
“Zykier Young should not be dead,” said Pittsburgh police Chief Scott Schubert, reports the Post-Gazette. “And my heart breaks for the family. I can’t even imagine what they’re going through today with the loss of their child. It’s senseless.”
Officers responded to several 911 calls about multiple shots fired just after 6 p.m. Monday on Rhine Place in the Spring Hill community, police said in a news release.
After they arrived, officers were pointed toward the residence where they found the injured child, and as a sergeant drove the victim to the hospital, two other officers held the baby in the backseat while trying to control the bleeding.
The child reached the hospital in critical condition, and later was pronounced dead.
“Words cannot explain our grief at this moment,” the child’s family said in a statement delivered through a spokesperson to Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA.
Neither the family nor the child appeared to be targeted in the shooting, which evolved from the motivation “to enact violence on another,” Cmdr. Victor Joseph said, according to the Post-Gazette.
Police have surveillance video and ballistics evidence, along with a description of at least one possible suspect, but no arrests in what Joseph described as a “very active investigation.”
The death “really tugs on the emotional heartstrings of everybody, and if people can’t rally around and support this investigation and give information here — this is a baby,” he said. “This is an innocent, innocent baby.”
“There were numerous witnesses out there … and we need their help,” he said.
“Didn’t get a chance to grow up in the love of a family that was full of love,” Dorothy Stubbs, the pastor of New Evangelistic Ministries, said Wednesday at a gathering to support the child’s mother and grandparents, where white balloons were released to commemorate the boy’s first birthday, reports KDKA.
“An athlete that didn’t get to be on the field, a scholar that didn’t even get a chance to pick up a book,” added Andrew Dent, the pastor of Canaan Baptist Church.
Anyone with information may call CrimeStoppers at 412-473-1280.
This week, parents raised awareness about one of Harris’s infamous abortion votes by sharing images of their babies, born and unborn, on Twitter, The Federalist reports.
In 2018, Harris was a vocal opponent of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain.
“We must keep fighting to defend and expand on the progress made for women’s rights and reproductive health, not pass a 20-week abortion ban,” Harris wrote on Twitter at the time.
Her tweet gained renewed attention last week after Harris accepted the Democrat vice presidential nomination. Parents responded with concern and horror at her refusal to grant basic human rights even to late-term unborn babies.
“This is my baby born 21 wks from conception,” one woman wrote, sharing a photo of her premature daughter. “She’s 2 wks old here. Babies have a heartbeat at 3 wks.”
Another commenter brought up how the most common abortion procedure at 20 weeks involves dismembering the unborn baby by tearing them limb from limb, often while their heart is still beating.
“My daughter is 20 weeks pregnant,” the woman wrote. “She has a belly and her belly button is popping out. She feels her child moving. She has a BABY, fully formed and human inside her. Her baby is 7 inches long and weighs 1/2 pound. How could any human being have a 20 week baby pulled apart!”
“This is a 20 week old baby,” another person wrote, sharing images of an unborn baby playing with its hands and feet. “God help us for what we’ve become.”
Mothers and fathers also shared ultrasound images of their unborn babies. One, sharing the black-and-white ultrasound of her son at 19 weeks and 5 days, wrote: “This is my son! My son is now 21months old and an amazing human being! Stop advocating for murder!”
“Here’s my son at 19 weeks, I started feeling him kick at 18 weeks and heard his heartbeat for the first time at 10 weeks. His life is important. All lives are important,” another mother wrote, sharing an ultrasound image of her son.
In most states, however, unborn babies may be legally aborted for any reason at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. Some states have no time limits on abortion whatsoever, and abortion facilities in Colorado and New Mexico openly advertise late-term abortions on viable unborn babies in the third trimester.
The United States’ abortion laws are among the worst in the world. The infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade made the United States one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Biden and Harris support Roe v. Wade and want to expand it. If elected, they said they would “codify” the abortion case into federal law and force taxpayers to directly fund abortions by ending the Hyde Amendment.
Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted in America. If Biden and Harris win the White House in November, that number surely will grow.
‘Yesterday we were told that an inmate had attacked R Kelly at the MCC in Chicago’
R. Kelly was the target of an attack by another inmate while in federal lockup, according to his attorney.
In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said: “Yesterday we were told that an inmate had attacked R Kelly at the MCC in Chicago. We received conflicting reports as to the extent of his injuries. We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called. We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured.”
Greenberg went on to say Kelly should be released, stating that the 53-year-old’s safety is in question.
“Regardless, it is time to release Mr. Kelly,” Greenberg’s statement continued. “The government cannot ensure his safety, and they
Jacob Blake had a knife inside his SUV when he was shot seven times by a Wisconsin police officer as he opened the SUV’s door, officials said Wednesday.
The Wisconsin DOJ is investigating the shooting of Blake on Sunday that has brought violent protests in the city.
Officials additionally said Blake admitted to having the knife, but it’s unclear exactly when he made that admission.
The shooting came about when cops responded to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend showed up at her home, although he wasn’t supposed to be there. He had warrants out for him, and allegedly had a protection order against him.
When police, who knew he had arrest warrants, went to arrest Blake, the confrontation began, leading police to first deploy a taser that was not effective, officials said.
After Blake resisted arrest he walked around his SUV toward the driver’s side door with two officers following him with weapons drawn, video of the shooting shows.
One of the officers, now identified as Rusten Sheskey, grabbed Blake by his shirt after he opened the car door and fired seven bullets into Blake’s back.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul declined to elaborate on preliminary particulars or on when the knife was recovered.
In the press release issued by the Wisconsin DOJ, they are saying Blake’s knife admission was made “during the investigation following the initial incident.”
A reporter asked Kaul if that meant Blake said he had the weapon after the tasing attempt, however, the AG never answered.
“As the release stated, he acknowledged he had a knife in his possession at some point,” Kaul said.
All the officers involved Sunday have been placed on administrative leave.
Officials additionally noted Wednesday that the Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras.
KALAMAZOO, MI — A Kalamazoo pastor accused of sexually assaulting four male victims between the ages of 15 and 17 is said to have paid the children to have sex with his wife while he watched.
The Rev. Stricjavvar “Strick” Strickland, of Kalamazoo’s Second Baptist Church, has been charged with 11 felonies connected to alleged incidents spanning from Aug. 1, 2015- Aug. 31, 2018, according to a probable cause affidavit filed last week in Kalamazoo County District Court.
A warrant for Strickland’s arrest was issued Aug. 21. As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, the pastor was yet to turn himself in. His attorney, Michael Hills, told MLive early Tuesday, that the two were making arrangements for the pastor to turn himself in.
“It has been two years since these allegations first came forward and Pastor Strickland has remained in contact and available. He is not running from this,” Hills said. “Pastor Strickland remains ready to turn himself in and deal with these charges accordingly.”
Strickland, 37, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct on a student, another on a person age 13-15 and another by force or coercion, according to court records. He also faces four counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity and three counts of child sexually abusive activity.
If convicted, the pastor faces a potential penalty of 15 years in prison on each of the first four charges, and 20 years on each of the other seven charges, according to his warrant.
In a bond recommendation, filed with the court along with the arrest affidavit, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Christin J. Mehrtens-Carlin recommends the court not allow the pastor to have any contact with the four alleged victims, his wife Jazmonique Strickland, or anyone under the age of 18.
“Per the reports, the defendant and his wife would use their employment at Phoenix High School (in Kalamazoo) and to some extent, the defendant would use his work as a pastor, to find male teens to engage in sexual activity with the wife, while the defendant watched and masturbated,” Mehrtens-Carlin writes in her bond recommendation.
The four said to be victims in the case ranged in age from 15-17 when the alleged acts occurred, she wrote.
Mehrtens-Carlin, who is recommending a cash or surety bond of $500,000 in the case, said it is also alleged that Strickland engaged in similar behavior with his ex-wife years ago while living in Mississippi.
Strickland, when reached by MLive Tuesday, called the charges “absolutely preposterous” and said he still had no information regarding the specifics of the allegations levied against him.
“All I can say for now is that we are prepared for this fight,” the pastor said. “God will prevail.”
Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Scott Ernestes wrote about the specifics of the allegations in the probable cause affidavit, which was filed Aug. 18.
Ernestes wrote in the affidavit that he was first contacted in August 2018 by two juveniles and one of their fathers referencing a potential sexual assault that occurred during the years 2015-18.
At that point, an investigation began, Ernestes wrote.
The two juveniles told Ernestes, according to the affidavit, that both of them were students at Phoenix High School during the 2017-18 school year when they met the couple. Jazmonique Strickland, according to the affidavit, was a secretary at the school.
Both of the boys, who turned 17 during that school year, were alleged to have been paid $100 each to have sex with Jazmonique Strickland on separate occasions while her husband watched, the affidavit states. The pastor is also alleged to have paid the children each $100 so he could watch his wife perform oral sex on them.
Additional money was allegedly given to one of the boys to text nude photos to the pastor, the affidavit states. The pastor also allegedly sexually assaulted one of the boys and then gave him money after the boy told him to stop.
A third victim, interviewed in September 2018, told the detective he was 16 years old in 2015 when he was first asked to send the reverend nude photos in exchange for money.
Later, when the boy was 17, Strickland coerced the child into allowing him to perform oral sex on the boy, according to the detective’s affidavit. In exchange, Strickland allowed the boy to use the pastor’s vehicle, the affidavit alleges.
Ernestes states he interviewed a fourth victim in February 2019. The victim told the detective he was 15 years old in August 2015, when he was paid $200 by Strickland to have sex with the pastor’s wife on a couch in the couple’s basement. According to Ernestes’ report, the victim claimed this type of incident happened on other occasions during 2015 and 2016 as well.
In February 2019, five days after Ernestes interviewed the fourth individual, Hills and Strickland hosted a press conference where the two denied any wrongdoing had occurred whatsoever.
In a separate Kalamazoo County court case, Strickland faces an assault charge stemming from an incident with a former church deacon that occurred at the Second Baptist Church in December 2019. That misdemeanor case is currently set for trial beginning Sept. 30 in Kalamazoo County District Court.
On Wednesday, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested in Illinois on charges of first-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing two protesters the night before during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake earlier this week.
During the Kenosha Police Department’s first press conference in response to the Blake shooting and subsequent protests, Chief Daniel Miskinis blamed the unidentified victims in Tuesday night’s shooting for their own deaths, saying the violence was the result of the “persons” involved violating curfew:
Persons who were out after the curfew became engaged in some type of disturbance, and persons were shot. Everybody involved was out after the curfew. I’m not going to make a great deal of that, but the point is the curfew is in place to protect. Had persons not been out involved in violation of that, perhaps the situation that unfolded would not have happened.
The Recount@therecountKenosha Police Chief Miskinis responds to the murder of two protestors by saying it wouldn’t have happened if people weren’t out after curfew: “I’m not gonna make a great deal of it, BUT …”
“It is the persons who were involved after the legal time, involved in illegal activity, that brought violence to this community,” Miskinis added later, seeming to blame protesters who were on the streets because a still-unnamed member of Miskinis’ department shot Blake seven times in the back as his children watched.
Miskinis would not give the names of the “persons” who were the victims of Wednesday’s murders, but did say they were “a 26-year-old Silver Lake resident and a 36-year-old Kenosha resident.”
In describing the shooting of two protesters, Miskinis also declined to call it a homicide and instead referred to it by various euphemisms often used to describe killings by a police officer, which Rittenhouse is not. He said that the shooter “was involved in the use of firearms to resolve whatever conflict was in place” and that there was a “disturbance that led to the use of deadly force.”
Additionally, Miskinis refused to comment on the video of Blake’s shooting, but offered that there may have been a reasonable explanation for the man being shot seven times in the back, which has reportedly left him paralyzed and in critical condition. (The officer has been put on administrative leave and has not been fired or arrested.)
“I’m not going to address that because it is one snippet of a very large situation and much as what’s happened across this nation for a long period of time, it’s focused on what you see in this much of an incident,” Miskinis said, apparently alluding to other police shootings of unarmed Black men. “It’s unfair to everybody involved, whether you’re the person using force or the person being arrested that the picture isn’t painted.”
Video taken on Tuesday before the shooting showed Rittenhouse gathered with what appeared to be members of armed militia groups. Those vigilante groups had gathered on Tuesday night, it was reported by CNN and the Verge, in response to calls on Facebook for “any patriots willing to take up arms and defend our city tonight from the evil thugs.”
When asked about the vigilante groups, Miskinis defended them as civilians out to protect property and “exercise their constitutional right.”
“Across this nation there have been armed civilians who have come out to exercise their constitutional right and to potentially protect property,” he said. “Am I aware that groups exist? Yes, but they weren’t invited to come.”
Miskinis’ views of the gathering of vigilante groups that reportedly led to the killing of two local men appears to be very much in line with those of his department. Before the shooting, officers in armored vehicles could be seen giving water to armed men gathered with the alleged shooter and telling them, “We appreciate you guys, we really do.” After the killings, the alleged shooter walked slowly past a series of police vehicles with his arms raised and was allowed to simply walk away. (It’s not yet clear what the officers knew about the shooting at the time, but the shots were audible in nearby footage.)
When asked why his officers had given the armed men water and thanked them, Miskinis said, “Our deputies would toss a water to anybody” and “You’re asking me to tell you what one person did. I can’t tell you that.” In explaining why his officers were able to show such restraint with Tuesday’s shooter, he blamed the “high stress” situation on the scene and possible “tunnel vision” on the part of his officers.
“I’m not making an excuse. I’m just telling you from personal experience what could have done that,” he said.
Toward the end of his comments, Miskinis was asked about the vigilante groups and again compared them to the protesters who had violated curfew, saying both sides were to blame.
“It’s no different than those on the protesters’ side who are walking around armed and those who are counterprotesters, or those who are just witnessing, to be armed, so I’m not going to address any more issues relative to that,” he said.
When asked if he wanted the vigilante groups to be present again after Wednesday night’s curfew, Miskinis refused to reply.
“I just said I’m not going to answer any more questions,” he said.
When asked again, he again refused to say. “I’m done talking about that,” Miskinis said.
At the end of the press conference, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian clarified whether the city wanted armed vigilante groups patrolling the street after the killing of two civilians. “No, I don’t need more guns on the street in the community,” he said.
Night 3 of the Kenosha Riots turned deadly as armed citizens defended private property from vandals and looters. Thank the brave reporters who gathered this footage. VIDEOS FROM @Julio_Rosas11 @ElijahSchaffer @livesmattershow @louriealex (Insta) @BGOnTheScene @FromKalen