A multi-agency operation targeting online sex predators led to 9 arrests on December 8th and 9th.
Members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's (LVMPD) Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, and the FBI's Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force participated in the two-day operation.
Undercover agents and detectives posed as children online.
After being solicited for sex by the adult suspects, a meeting was set up and the suspects were taken into custody.
Those arrested were:
- Sheldon Young (28)
- Guadalupe Bencomo (47)
- Kody Pore (24)
- Thuan Hong (35)
- Jake Crawford (50)
- Freddy Castillo (26)
- Kyle Stoltz (42)
- Nathan Bruin (39)
- Eric Ruiz (23)
Each was booked into the Clark County Detention Center for Luring a minor with the use of a Computer to Engage in Sex.
The participating task forces are comprised of detectives and agents from the LVMPD, FBI, NLVPD, Henderson Police Department, Nevada Attorney General’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations.
The LVMPD would like to remind parents to discuss with their children the dangers of online chats with strangers.
Parents are encouraged to routinely monitor their children’s activity on social media and other online applications to prevent them from becoming victims of a child sex predator.
This operation was conducted as part of the LVMPD’s ongoing effort to reduce violent crime and protect children in our community.
Anyone who may have been a victim of any of these subjects or has information about their crimes is urged to contact the LVMPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force by phone at 702-828- 3111.
To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.