CLEVELAND, OHIO – Twenty-seven men alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with underage kids online were arrested as part of “Operation Moving Target.”
This four-day undercover operation was led by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Operation Moving Target was coordinated by the Ohio ICAC Task Force along with partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio BCI, Newburgh Heights Police, Solon Police, Kent Police, Streetsboro Police, Cortland Police, and Cleveland Police.
In a press release, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said 27 individuals were arrested as part of “Operation Moving Target” that ran from Monday, August 24, 2020 to Thursday August 27, 2020.
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.”
Additionally, some sent images of their genitals during these conversations with the officers that they thought were children.
Following the conversations, the prosecutor’s office said the men traveled to a prearranged location. They met at a a vacant house in Cuyahoga County to engage in sexual activity with who they thought were minors.
Officers arrested the men once they arrived. Officers said several men carried firearms, condoms, lubricant, sex toys, and drugs.
Initial charges filed against the defendants include attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, and possession of criminal tools.
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
“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.”
Predators often use online apps to lure children. Some apps that parents need to be aware of are: IMVU, OKCupid, Chatspin, Kik, Tumblr, Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Whisper, and the most dangerous app being TikTok.
“We have really seen an explosion of reports of child sexual exploitation,” said Yiota Souras of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Souras says for the six months of this year, reports of child porn, trafficking, and other types of exploitation across the country rose by 90 percent, up from 2019. She says COVID=19 is one factor that motivated predators, in an article by Grey Washington News Bureau.
According to a 2017 report from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 78 percent of child victims were girls, while 13 percent were boys. 9 percent were children where gender could not be determined.
The Children’s Welfare Gateway report states that 50-90 percent of child trafficking victims have been in the child welfare system.
The U.S. Marshalls wants to make it clear that they are cracking down on child predators.
Look no further than last week’s sting in Georgia:
Atlanta, Georgia – Federal law enforcement has been under attack in America as certain politicians look to politicize their roles. But here’s yet another example of how they save countless lives.
The U.S. Marshal Service took on a two week mission in August 2020 known as “Operation Not Forgotten.” This mission helped them find 26 children and the safe location of 13 more.
The children ranged from 3 to 15 years old.
There were 15 children who were victims of sex trafficking among the 39 children found.
Some had been away from their families for two weeks, others for as long as two years.
They arrested nine criminal associates. The Operation was created to rescue endangered missing children in Georgia from Macon, Ga. to Atlanta, Ga.
The operation was made with joint efforts and a culmination of several months of planning from Marshals Service Missing Child Unit(USMS), in conjunction with the agency’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Office of the Attorney General, Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
They searched dozens of Georgia homes, apartments and hotel rooms in search of the missing children, officials said during a news conference in Atlanta.
Together, U.S. Investigators also cleared 26 arrest warrants and filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference.
Authorities considered the victims to be some of the most at-risk and challenging cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions, according to the press release.
Some of the children recovered were reluctant to leave their homes, This is common behavior for a child or teen who is repeatedly subjected to sexual abuse, according to officials.
“The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you,” Director Washington said in a statement.
Assist. Director John Melvin discussed the operation and stated:
“Evil exists – To address it requires leadership that will identify it, call it out and deploy the necessary resources to end the problem and clean up the mess.”
“When we track down fugitives, it’s a good feeling to know that we’re putting the bad guy behind bars. But that sense of accomplishment is nothing compared to finding a missing child,” said Darby Kirby, Chief of the Missing Child Unit.
“It’s hard to put into words what we feel when we rescue a missing child, but I can tell you that this operation has impacted every single one of us out here. We are working to protect them and get them the help they need.”
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says there isn’t an official count of missing children in the U.S. because children are “never reporting missing.” The organization reported 421,000 kids to the FBI last year.
Those who traffic minors for sex often fly under the radar. In Metro-Atlanta there are an estimated 300 girls lured into sex trafficking a month.
“These are not children that are in some faraway land,” said Donald Washington, director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “They are America’s children and they are kids that we need to go and find.”
“Sex trafficking can be, in many ways, a hidden crime — one that lives in the shadows,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said. “If we can save one child from a life of abuse or sex trafficking, we’ve done our job. And this operation did that for many, many children.”
“The harsh reality is that every 40 seconds a child is abducted in the United States,” Washington told reporters.
Of the more than 421,000 children missing in the U.S., 91% are considered endangered runaways, he said, and about one-sixth of those are likely to become sex trafficking victims.
What happens to the children once they are found?
Those children in Georgia receive medical treatment and mental health counseling at the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals according to officials. But, the road to recovery can be a long one, however.
“It’s really important for these children that once they’re recovered, we can start the healing process,” said Dr. Stephen Messner, a child abuse pediatrician who serves as medical director for the center.
“By involving us at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we’re able to start that process right from the get-go.”
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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Saturday morning. July 4th. I’m sitting at the kitchen counter … and I get a text from one of my writers.
“There’s a story in – give it another set of eyes and then publish it. But I should warn you… it’s tough.”
Saturday morning. July 4th. I’m sitting at the kitchen counter … with my little girls running all around me… and I’m crying.
A big, tough, power-lifting, bacon-eating, God-fearing, gun-shooting man who doesn’t cry… and I’ve got tears streaming down my face.
Because a young dad was shot and killed in the line of duty. At home is his wife and his toddler. A little baby who will grow up without a daddy.
And his last words can be heard in the recording with dispatch (below): “Tell my family I love them.”
I’ve become incredibly close with more survivors than I care to think about. Wonderful people – wives, husbands, kids, parents… who have lost their officer in the line of duty.
I’ve interviewed them. I’ve held them. I’ve prayed with them.
To me… this is the world I now live in.
I’m blessed to run a successful marketing agency that works with some of the most patriotic companies in America. And you want know the truth? I’m so glad it largely runs itself… because THIS is where my heart is.
We get all of the emails – the good, the bad and the ugly.
The “thank you for saving my life by sharing that story” email.
The “you’re a bunch of Nazis and we’re going to burn down your house and kill everyone you know” emails.
And then we get to hop on social media and see uneducated “friends” and “family members” running their mouths about “the systematic racism of policing”. (Spoiler alert: you’ve been fed a lie. Here’s the proof.)
And we fight on – every single day. Because while companies across America are pandering to the lies being spewed by Black Lives Matter – in many cases because they are too spineless to step up and speak up – we are here to give a voice to those who don’t have one.
How You Can Join The Fight
We are hiring new writers every single day. Most are active, retired or wounded law enforcement along with their families and supporters.
We are turning tremendous amounts of new content out daily – from written stories to video interviews.
Transparently – we never took in outside money, investors or anything like that. Our founder is an active police officer. This was all self-funded and remains a labor of love for us.
The advertising dollars that come in allow us to hire more officers. To help supplement that and scale, we launched LET Unity. It’s basically our “Netflix” for law enforcement… and allows us to get out video interviews with some amazing heroes without social media censoring them.
The revenue we generate goes back into helping bring in more of those writers to tell more of these stories. More on that below… but I hope you’ll consider signing up and joining us.
Speaking of social media censorship… it’s happening more and more. That’s why we do two things kind of obnoxiously:
- Encourage you to sign up for our newsletter so we can send you the ACTUAL uncensored news.
- Follow us on Facebook and then add us to your “favorites” by clicking “following” and then clicking “favorites” (image below). It helps make sure that you actually see our stories on Facebook.
- Sign a flag. Some of you are probably here because you heard about us in the media. For those of you who were looking for more information on the traveling Thin Blue Line flags… here it is:
“Take down that racist flag or we’ll take it down for you.”
That was the first threat we got about the Thin Blue Line flag in our Law Enforcement Today studio in Connecticut.
It was among a string of nasty emails and threats.
“Ya’ll a bunch of bootlickers.”
“We don’t need that flag – we need more dead cops.”
“Keep waving that flag. It lets us know who to put out of business.”
“FTP 4EVA take that garbage down RITE NOW.”
So… we decided we’re going to take it down. But it’s not what you might think.
It’ll be coming down when the new one goes up – and it’s much, much bigger… and even more patriotic.
We’ve partnered up with our friends at Thin Blue Line USA.
They sent us the absolute largest thin blue line flag that they make. And we’re going to be sending it all over the country to police departments for officers across America to sign.
We announced it on Instagram yesterday… but we weren’t expecting what came next.
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People “demanded” we take down our Thin Blue Line flag. Screw ‘em. We got the absolute largest Thin Blue Line flag you can get… and we are shipping it to police departments across America to get signed by cops. Once it’s full… it’ll proudly be displayed above The Whiskey Wall, where warriors tell their stories. We need contacts at police departments who want to be a part of this. DM us. #thinblueline #bluelivesmatter #police #lawenforcement #flag #freedom #murica #independenceday #4thofjuly
Within hours, more than a hundred police departments from across the country reached out asking to take part. And we quickly realized that the biggest flag in America isn’t going to be big enough.
So we’re getting more… and they’ll travel all across America, being signed by police officers as a show of unity and support.
Once a department finishes getting it signed, they’ll pass it along to the next department on the list.
Once the flags are all full, we’ll be sending one to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to fly at the National Headquarters. We’ll be sending one to President Trump at The White House. And the rest will hang proud at our studios in Connecticut over The Whiskey Wall.
For those of you not familiar with “The Whiskey Wall”, it’s a wall of stories.
Active and retired emergency responders and veterans bring a bottle of whiskey. We sit and share a cocktail and on camera, they tell you a story about a good day on the job and a lousy day on the job. Then their name goes on the bottle and the bottle goes on the wall.
The video below is a little taste of what the series looks like.
We want to be perfectly clear about where we stand at Law Enforcement Today. We will not pander. We will not cave. We are unashamed to be pro-law enforcement. And anyone who has a problem with that can kiss our American asses.
If your department wants to be a part of it, email us at [email protected] Note: the flags will only be shipped directly to departments. Once your officers are done signing it, we’ll want a picture to share with America… then you’ll need to ship it to the next agency. Be a part of this national movement and help us declare that enough is enough.
I feel like not a single day goes by where I’m not shaking my head… wondering what the heck happened to my country. Trying to figure out how the loudest, rudest, nastiest people in our country suddenly got corporate America and millions of citizens to absolutely pander to them.
Let’s face it – we’ve been dealing with this “politically correct” garbage for years. We’ve all been walking on eggshells, trying desperately not to offend people.
And guess what? It wasn’t good enough. So why are we even going to bother trying?
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve learned that the following things apparently make me a racist:
- Drinking milk
- Playing chess
- Listening to country music
- Drinking American beer
- Eating red meat
- Being Christian
- Being a white male
- Voting for President Trump
- Having an American flag in our yard
- Having a thin blue line bumper sticker on my car
Here’s the thing. I ABSOLUTELY believe we should judge people. But I don’t believe we should judge them based on what they look like – we should judge them on how they act.
If they are jerks, they should be called out. If they are criminals, they should be arrested. If they are corrupt politicians, they should be removed from office.
But we’re dealing with a country that’s so upside down that we are told you shouldn’t judge someone by the color of their skin (agreed, for the record), but you should judge them based on their job (police officers).
I watched a guy literally almost killed because he said “white lives matter” (true) by white people holding up “black lives matter” signs (which is also true). And yet we’re supposed to just ignore the hypocrisy of that, because if we don’t, we’re apparently racist.
Yeah, process that – and you’ll realize I’m right. It’s dumb.
Now we’ve got Live PD and COPS taken off the air, because God-forbid they show the dumpster fire that police officers deal with every single day.
I’m sick of it. And I know you are as well.
So we’re stepping up to fill the void – because, quite frankly, someone has to. And it seems as if far too many people these days lack the intestinal fortitude to do anything that SOMEONE in this world might take offense to.
You’ve probably heard about LET Unity.
We launched it last year to bring civilians and civil servants together. To tell the stories behind the uniforms. And, quite frankly, to show you the stories and videos that were regularly being shut down on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
We’re doubling down.
If companies are going to be too afraid to show their support for law enforcement, we’ll do it for them. And we’ll continue to bring together a community of supporters.
Most of our writers are either active or retired law enforcement. We have contributors who were shot, stabbed and run over in the line of duty… along with their loved ones and supporters.
The revenue Law Enforcement Today generates helps to support them and helps to continue to give a voice to officers who are being attacked and silenced across America.
Over the coming months, we’ll be launching a new series of video content showing the actual challenges that law enforcement officers around the country face. We are unapologetically pro-law enforcement and we are looking for others who feel the same as us… but can’t be as vocal.
If you’re wondering the kind of stories we feature… here’s a look at some of what you’ve missed – and some of what’s to come.
The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting.
The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre.
Survivors of the Dallas five killings.
The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis.
The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company.
World War II veterans.
And so, so much more.
The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail. We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.
Yes – it was free to watch Live PD and COPS. And look at how that turned out once the networks caved to police haters.
The revenue we make helps provide for officers and their families and helps bring a TRUE voice about what’s happening in America.
We have a problem in society. Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy. But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.
We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.
We are battling over the very soul of our country. We are fighting for our families. And we’re on the brink of losing America.
Think about this for a minute.
While you were fighting over who among you was more “woke” and which company to boycott … we lost our country.
While you were arguing with coworkers over who would leave the country first if Trump/Biden were elected, the “American Dream” perished.
Don’t believe me? Then perhaps ALL is lost. And I can prove it all to you through the eyes of a child.
The screens around our house in the past couple of weeks stand in stark contrast to what’s in front of them.
The television … the laptops … the iPads … the cell phones … filled with images of the riots. The violence. The hatred.
Just a few months ago, when everyone was working from home – or unemployed – signs were put up around the community thanking police. People cheered and put out Tweets and Facebook images of first responders doing “birthday parades” for little kids.
Now, angry Americans are taking over police departments, shooting cops, pelting them with bricks and bottles of urine and demanding that we abolish them. The images are on certain channels – others ensure you just see the “peaceful protestors”.
Broadcast on the same tv stations are the sounds of tone-deaf leaders. Of anger. Of hatred. Of hurt. Of fear. Of race-baiting, dividing rhetoric and alienation.
In front of those screens run our little daughters.
They are the greatest blessings a young family can have. Filled with innocence, love, joy and our hopes for the future.
What brought a lull in that media noise?
Hearing our pastor give a sermon.
He usually preaches about love. Faith. Hope. But there was a different dynamic in this message.
There was a different energy.
This time, he talked about the end of times.
He’s far from being an alarmist. Just the opposite. But this particular service, he spoke deeply and heavily about being prepared. “For we know not the hour … ”
He wasn’t trying to frighten people. But he also understood that he couldn’t be tone-deaf to the deep concerns of his flock.
It’s hard not to be afraid. It’s hard not to have an underlying anxiety. It’s hard not to wonder and pray over whether your children will have the same opportunities you did.
Growing up, I paid close attention in history class. And I’ve always felt a very deep sense of patriotism. I’ve always felt great respect for my country and believed that if, God forbid, we ever faced World War III, America would once again triumph.
Perhaps my fear, and the anxiety of so many others, is that we were wrong.
We were wrong because of one simple line that I believe may have been written wrong. It should have read, “One Nation, Divisible After All.”
Have we ever faced a time when our country was so polarized? Have we ever faced enemies so dangerous? Have we ever been on such a precipice that a frightening and painful energy radiated through each of us, tying us together in some disturbing, unifying, powerful and yet simultaneously divisive way?
I’m angered to see that we live in a country where we have gone soft. We’ve become hypocrites, and we’ve become pansies.
We forget that our grandfathers stormed beaches to protect freedom. Instead, we demand that the freedom now come in the form of a shelter from hearing words we don’t like.
Our friends and family alienate us because of who we vote for.
We try and put companies out of business because how DARE they not support the Marxist organization Black Lives Matter.
We doxx people and put their families in danger because they dare to support law enforcement.
We don’t question it when ‘leaders’ tell us to stay away from church. Stay away from family. Stay away from friends. Wear a mask. Don’t worry about not having a job. And we don’t bat an eye as the country rapidly marches – or rather sprints – towards the socialism that’s the destruction of a nation.
We give out trophies to kids who come in 8th place. Eighth freaking place. And then we let them take over part of an entire city – Seattle – and play house, allowing rapes and murders to happen in the city while police are kept out.
We dig up the graves of people who have been dead for a hundred-plus years because they had something to do with the Confederate flag, and that offends someone NOW. Then we destroy statues and give “get out of jail free” passes to the people who did it. LITERALLY get out of jail free passes. We have celebrities and politicians starting funds to bail criminals out of prison.
We allow politicians to hijack the country and spend our tax dollars chasing their personal agenda of impeaching a President simply because they don’t like him. Then we have the party that’s supposedly the same as the President who sit around silently while the country burns. It seems as if both parties forgot what they were supposed to be doing and whom they are supposed to be representing.
We pick sides and parties and teams and defend them to the ends of the Earth, ignoring the facts, pointing the fingers and hoping someone else will cover the cost of our skyrocketing and borderline pointless health insurance.
We talk about the number of homeless vets who we have to feed and clothe and house when it’s convenient for us to leverage them like pawns in a game – yet tomorrow, so many will forget to feed and clothe and house them.
We ignore the simple facts about our dangerously open borders and the lack of a vetting process for refugees, then we stand in horror as ISIS attacks and we ask our politicians how they could have let this happen. And then, of course, we put a fast lane in for more to cross the border.
We put in place more gun laws to prevent the bad guys from doing bad things. Because for some reason, we believe that bad guys give a damn about laws and that giving them an open shooting range on a military base or school campus will somehow protect our citizens. But then we completely ignore the massive problem of mental health in this country. We’re more worried about the tool than we are the person.
Hell – not only do we ignore the problem of mental health – we double down on it but crashing our economy, putting millions out of work and then confine them to their homes.
We cry out that police are our enemies … and then we beg them to protect us from the likes of ISIS.
We are talking about DEFUNDING police while telling them that they do a lousy job training. Because the solution to that is making sure they have less money, right?
We have a massive audience talking about ABOLISHING police.
Let that sink in.
We celebrate court rulings with rainbow flags that speak volumes about how far we’ve come and how inclusive we are as Americans … then we tell our neighbors to remove their American flags and stop saying “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah” because it offends us.
We send billions of dollars overseas to help the homeless in impoverished and war-torn nations while we cut the funding for our own food banks and homeless programs.
We get into fistfights about “under-inflated balls” while gorging ourselves on beer and wings at football games … while millions of Americans wonder how they’re going to pay their mortgage and put food on the table for their families.
We fight tooth and nail over whether someone dying of stage four pancreatic cancer should be allowed to use medical marijuana while drugs like heroin are running rampant in our schools.
Schools that apparently kids will have to wear masks in, if they ever reopen.
We teach kids that there should be no boys section or girls section at the store, but our kids notice that we won’t sit down with our neighbor for a beer because they have a different skin color and we’re too busy fighting over what is and isn’t racism.
We hold massive rallies demanding $15/hour for flipping burgers … but we sit quietly on the sidelines when our men and women protecting our country who make $11/hour aren’t getting paid because Congress is debating their funding.
We’re told if you go to a protest over the government shutting down your business, you’ll be arrested because it’s a health threat. We’re told if you go to a Trump rally, you don’t care about making people sick. We’re told if you go to a violent riot and torch buildings, you’re a social justice warrior.
We’re terribly focused on what matters to us as individuals. Marriage. Cell phones. Birth control. On and on and on. We’re so worried about what matters to “me” that we forgot that in order for us to have a “me” … we have to first have an “us.” A safe “us.” A unified “us.” An “us” that can at least find some kind of middle ground.
Tomorrow is a new day. So tonight, before bed, we pray … just a little harder, perhaps, than we’ve prayed before.
We put our daughters to sleep and shut off the television. The internet. The phones. The iPads. All screens but the black and white monitor where we can see nothing but innocence.
And for a moment, just one fleeting, precious moment, we’re once again one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.
We will not be silenced. You shouldn’t be either.
God bless you all, and God bless America.
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