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Child Trafficking Sting Sees 34 Arrested in ‘Operation Broken Hearts’

Massive bust sees arrests of suspected predators

 on 20th February 2021 @ 9.00pm
 these suspects solicited and or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested © press
'These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested'

Arizona law enforcement announced that an operation to bust a child trafficking network saw 34 sexual predators' arrests.

The effort, called “Operation Broken Hearts,” targeted suspected pedophiles alleged to have committed crimes related to child trafficking. 

The Phoenix Police Department said in a statement:

“Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children."

"These suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested."

The suspects are aged from 21 to 66. 

eric giles  l  and matthew schaffer  two of those arrested in a child sex crimes and trafficking sting © press
Eric Giles (L) and Matthew Schaffer, two of those arrested in a child sex crimes and trafficking sting

The Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler police departments were involved in he operation.

Homeland Security Investigations and the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich also took part.

“The Mesa Police Department is proud to have partnered with multiple valley agencies for Operation Broken Hearts,” the department said in a statement.

The operation was successful because of “great collaboration," according to the Chandler Police Department.

The agency completed a sting last year dubbed “Operation Silent Predator,” which led to 27 arrests.

“It’s like fishing. You put the bait out; the fish will come,” Phoenix Police Commander Jim Gallagher told reporters after that sting ended.

the operation was successful because of  great collaboration   according to the chandler police department © press
The operation was successful because of 'great collaboration,' according to the Chandler Police Department

The names of those arrested in the new sting are:

Eric Niles, 38, Chandler: human trafficking from Missouri.

Fred Yazzie, 29, Phoenix: child sex trafficking and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Hugo Munoz, 48, Mesa: child sex trafficking, money laundering, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Tristan Usleman, 29, AG’s Office: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation.

Raymond Rendon, 21, Phoenix: child sex trafficking.

Jonathan Holt, 21, Mesa: child sex trafficking, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, attempted sex conduct with a minor, and money laundering.

Justin Walowitz, 39, Phoenix: child sex trafficking, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Mark Perry, 35, Tempe: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Otilio Rendon-Meneses, 62, Phoenix: child sex trafficking and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Gregory Ryan, 37, Tempe: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

William Kellin, 58, Phoenix: child sex trafficking, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Brandon Price, 34, Mesa: aggravated luring of a minor, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, child sex trafficking, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Marcos Benitez-Leyva, 34, Phoenix: child sex trafficking, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Agustin Johnson, 59, Phoenix: child sex trafficking and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Karlton Clemons, 59, Phoenix: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Chris Flamard, 55, Mesa: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Erik Rodriguez, 37, Mesa: child sex trafficking, attempted sex conduct with a minor, and money laundering.

Robert Favela, 37, Phoenix: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Tyvan Hunter, 33, Mesa: child sex trafficking, money laundering, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Wilmont Parker, 37, Mesa: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Mark Smith, 42, Tempe: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

John Meadows, 60, Phoenix: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Thomas Greenlaw, 23, Chandler: child sex trafficking and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Mikhael Elkhoury, 66, Phoenix: child sex trafficking, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Thomas Fisher, 43, Tempe: child sex trafficking and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Jefferson Coffman, 55, Tempe: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Brian Weigler, 58, Tempe: attempted sex conduct with a minor and luring of a minor for sexual exploitation.

Hilario Samudio, 29, Phoenix: child sex trafficking, aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Shawn Williams, 36, Phoenix: child sex trafficking, attempted sex conduct with a minor, luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, and possession of dangerous drugs.

Thomas Casey, 57, Mesa and Tempe: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Stephen Alavi, 26, Mesa: luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Jessica Mihalovits, 39, Mesa: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

Matthew Shaffer, 23, Mesa: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor, and furnishing harmful material to a minor.

Nicholas Williams, 32, Phoenix: aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and attempted sex conduct with a minor.

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