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.