Indiana authorities take twenty men into custody for their alleged involvement in an underage sex operation

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JOHNSON COUNTY, IN – Proactive undercover detectives began an operation on November 1st to lure out those involved in underage prostitution… and by November 3rd, they had taken twenty different men into custody.

The threat of people attempting to prey on young children for their own sexual deviance is unfortunately real. Thankfully, many different law enforcement agencies work diligently to track down those who would victimize our children and take them into custody.

Law enforcement agencies Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department did their part recently when they launched an operation with law enforcement officers posing as children online. Little could they have imagined that the operation, which ran from November 1st until November 3rd, would have been such a success.

Undercover officers put posed online as children of various ages and allegedly were approached by several men looking to have sex with them. When detectives established a rapport with the suspects, meetings were arranged and they were asked to bring different items to help establish they were the same person who was chatting with the undercover detectives. In a joint news release, law enforcement reported:

“The conversations that are had before the suspects arriving at the target location are very troubling. The requests that are made to the investigators posing as underage children are also very troubling and disturbing.”

Law enforcement authorities allege men from Alabama, West Virginia, and other local men jumped at the chance to have sex with juveniles and brought alcohol, drugs, and guns to fulfill that desire. However, instead of finding a child to perform sexual acts with them, they found law enforcement officials who took them into custody. The law enforcement agencies added:

“We will never know the true extent or impact these investigations have on the safety of our children. Knowingly meeting with a minor and wanting to take that minor away from their home [and] travel miles away scares all of us.”

These types of operations give all of us a glimpse of the sexual predators that are out there waiting to victimize children.

This clear and present danger should put parents on the offensive when it comes to protecting your children, especially when almost every child has access to the internet either through a computer or smartphone.

Parents are urged to learn about the different apps that are available for smartphones as well as monitor whom their children are communicating with on those apps.

Parents are also urged to learn with whom their children are communicating and make sure that the child understands that the person they are speaking with may not be whom they claim.

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Some sexual predators are known for getting onto different gaming or texting apps that are geared toward children and present themselves as an age close to those on the app.

Underneath this ruse, some predators are successful in luring the child out of their home and victimizing them before parents have a clue what is going on. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department warned:

“Almost everyone carries a smartphone which makes it so easy to access these sites. There are people who prey on our children every day. We must be vigilant.”

The men who were arrested in this operation were charged with various crimes:

Max Miller, 25 years old, 37-year-old Christopher Wilson, 28-year-old James Miller, 23-year-old Nicholas Hubbard, 22-year-old Jered Morgan, and Helly Sang, 21 years old, were arrested for their alleged part in attempting to solicit child sexual encounters.

59-year-old Mark Adams was arrested during the sting operation. Authorities charged him with child solicitation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and making an unlawful proposition.

Ryan Browning, 34 years old, was also taken into custody for his alleged involvement. He was charged with child solicitation and possession of child pornography.

43-year-old Zachariah Hart was arrested and charged with child solicitation. He faces additional charges of possession of a syringe which most likely contained remnants of a narcotic.

Brallan Campos-Acevedo, 22, was arrested and charged with child solicitation. Additionally, he was charged with making an unlawful proposition.

38-year-old Eric Johnson was charged with child solicitation and dissemination of harmful matter to a minor.

Philip Buhrke, 26, and Calvin Farris, 37, and were taken into custody for child solicitation. He was also charged with the dissemination of harmful matter to a minor.

Jonathan Morales, 31, was charged with child solicitation. He was also charged with driving while his license was suspended after law enforcement officials observed him driving to the target location.

Thiang Za Lian, 21, 36-year-old Za Thio, and 24-year-old Samuel Ernestro Severino Cabrera were arrested and charged with child solicitation. Additionally, they were charged with making an unlawful proposition.

Jeffery Alford, 26, faces charges of child solicitation as well as drug charges. Authorities charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Jonathan Evans, 36, was arrested and charged with child solicitation. Additionally, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, along with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

64-year-old Jeffrey Hance was charged with child solicitation. Authorities also charged him with resisting a law enforcement officer by using a vehicle, criminal mischief, and prostitution.



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