Six Men Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting
Six men are facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine for allegedly soliciting conduct or communication with minors.
The catch? The suspected perverts weren’t actually communicating with minors – they were communicating with police officers who posed as underaged teenagers.
According to reports, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies worked together to arrest the six suspects over a period of two days starting on December 10.
The six suspects arrested on the complaint of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with minor by use of technology are as follows:
23-year-old Dondre L. Brown
23-year-old Tyler Lafever
19-year-old Franklin Noel Morales-Sanchez
33-year-old Leocadio Picon
39-year-old Krishna Kama Skanes
46-year-old Jaymie Terrebonne
According to a press release from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects were arrested during an undercover operation operated by Cleveland County deputies and other law enforcement agencies, including the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Moore Police Department, and the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police.
The operation was called “Operation Traveler 4.” It focused on locating suspects who were seeking to engage in sexual acts with minors.
During the operation, officers created fake accounts on different social media platforms. They posed as underaged teenagers.
Officers didn’t seek out the suspects – instead, they waited until the suspects contacted the fake account, which all six suspects allegedly did.
While posing as underaged teens, the officers communicated with the suspects until the conversations became sexual, and the suspects agreed to meet up with the “minors” to engage in sexual activity.
Brown is being charged with two counts of soliciting sexual conduct or communication with minor by use of technology. His bond was set at $25,000, and he was scheduled to appear in court on January 12, 2021.
David Westall, an assistant special agent for Homeland Security Investigations said the following in a press release: “The allegations against those arrested during this operation are very serious. We will continue collaborating with our law enforcement partners, schools, and NGOs across the state to arrest those who stalk underage victims for sexual gratification.”
Morales-Sanchez is being charged with soliciting sexual conduct or communication with minor by use of technology. His bond was set at $5,000, and he was scheduled to appear in court on January 12, 2021.
Picon is being charged with soliciting sexual conduct or communication with minor by use of technology. His bond was set at $25,000, and he was scheduled to appear in court on January 8, 2021.