SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A kid enactment predator sting resulted successful 18 men from ages 19-57 being arrested from astir the Sacramento region, authorities announced connected Wednesday.
The men were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail connected respective felony charges relating to arranging to conscionable with a kid for sex.
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the arrests happened betwixt August 23-27 arsenic a effect of an undercover operation: Operation Catch-A-Predator.
The sheriff’s bureau said 1 of the astir notable arrests was 56-year-old Ronald Ray Lovell who worked for the Tracy Unified School District and coached girls sophomore hoops astatine Kimball High School from 2010-15. Following that, Lovell was a varsity girls hoops manager astatine West High School from 105-19 earlier resigning from the territory successful September 2019.
The remaining suspects were identified as:
Sahan Wanithunga, 24
Nader Bassam Ayesh, 27
Michael Andrews, 32
Jose Alvarado, 21
Eric Stinson, 53
Jose Antonio Cabulajtzip, 23
Andrew Coleman, 22
Jeffrey Feldman, 57
Dandrei Jackson, 19
Eric Olmos, 29
Robert Martinez, 34
Isaiah Chacon, 22
Jamie Gipson, 20
Ian Kelley, 51
Edward Ashburn, 34
Ranjit Singh, 27
Vicente Ramirez-Solano, 29
Detectives posed online arsenic underage boys and girls to prosecute with the suspects. The suspects would accidental explicit things and nonstop graphic photos to the undercover detectives, the sheriff’s bureau said.
Once the suspects made an effort to conscionable the children, the undercover detectives would hold astatine the predetermined gathering determination to apprehension them. No existent children were progressive successful the arrests.
The sheriff’s bureau Internet Crimes Against Children task unit has already made 54 arrests this twelvemonth successful transportation to kid enactment predators. In 2020, the task unit made 55 akin arrests.
The Sacramento County Probation Department, Homeland Security Investigations, California Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation.
Anyone with accusation applicable to the probe is asked to interaction the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.