Prosecutor’s office names 31 suspects arrested in Ohio child sex sting

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley announced 31 arrests in a child porn sting Wednesday morning.

Operation Déjà vu involved members of the Internet Crimes against Children, Newburgh Heights police and the Cuyahoga County sheriff and lasted over four days.

All of those involved, who ranged in age from 20 to 80, were attempting to meet children for sex, according to Prosecutor O’Malley. The suspects used popular social media to send inappropriate photos to who they believed were minor children and they made arrangements to travel to Cuyahoga County to meet said children.

All of the suspects were reportedly caught on camera entering a specified home before they were arrested.

“The success of our operations has indicated that these predators will stop at nothing to exploit our community’s most vulnerable – our children,” O’Malley said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue them and bring them to justice.”

Operation Deja Vu

The following individuals were reportedly arrested in the sting:

  • Arash Atai, 28, Lakewood
  • Brett Fryberger, 28, Lakewood
  • Charles Matthews, 21, North Randall
  • Craig Bongiovanni, 53, Columbia Station
  • Daron Carstarphen, 27, Cleveland
  • Domingo Gonzalez III, 27, Cleveland
  • Eric McCloskey, 41, Parma Heights
  • Hector Soto-Martinez, 33, Parma
  • Ismael Caballero-Trejo, 40, Cuyahoga Falls
  • James Corcoran, 80, Cleveland
  • Jaylin Veasey, 20, Cleveland
  • Jayson Sanabria-Cruz, 29, Cleveland
  • Jeremy Purpura, 33, Middleburg Heights
  • Joshua Vega, 22, Cleveland
  • Justin Harge, 23, Cleveland
  • Kenneth Markus, 45, Amherst
  • Kyle Shelton, 25, Uniontown
  • Mario Robinson, 33, Twinsburg
  • Melvin Hooks, 30, Cleveland
  • Michael Smith Jr., 37, Cleveland
  • Nicholas Barnum, 25, North Ridgeville
  • Patrick Vorreiter, 36, Cleveland
  • Quintin Abrams, 20, Willoughby Hills
  • Randy Gray, 34, Canton
  • Richard Dobson, 68, Maple Heights
  • Richard Newman, 57, Rocky River
  • Robert Mell, 34, Cleveland, OH
  • Romaro Golphin, 44, Cleveland
  • Taequan Matthews, 26, Euclid
  • Tyler Horn, 25, Cleveland
  • Tyrese Stewart, 21, Cleveland

In the last 4 years, 108 people have been arrested in these types of operations, according to O’Malley.

Cuyahoga County graphic

All cases are now going before a grand jury, with suspects being charged initially with any of the following: “Attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, compelling prostitution, carrying a concealed weapon, failure to comply and possessing criminal tools,” the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Find information from FOX 8’s live blog during the prosecutor’s Wednesday morning press conference below:

  • Ages of those arrested range from 20 to 80
  • The operation lasted four days
  • All of those involved were attempting to meet children for sex, according to Prosecutor O’Malley
  • The suspects used popular social media to send inappropriate photos to who they believed were minor children
  • All of the suspects made arrangements to travel to Cuyahoga County to meet the minors for sexual contact when they were arrested
  • Evidence includes 33 cell phones, drugs, alcohol, lube, condoms, and vehicles
  • All of the offenders were arrested at a house set up by law enforcement
  • The suspects were also captured on video entering the home
  • The suspects would have to register for 25 years as a sex offender on conviction
  • 31 suspects charged (names forthcoming)
  • “Today the world is a safer place because of what came from this operation.”
  • Weapons confiscated from some suspects
  • In the last 4 years, 108 people have been arrested in these types of operations, according to Prosecutor O’Malley

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