Anti-human trafficking operations lead to 49 arrests in Northeast Ohio during MLB All-Star Week

Ohio ranks 4th in US for human trafficking

Anti-human trafficking operations lead to 49 arrests in Northeast Ohio during MLB All-Star Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley announced the results of two anti-human trafficking operations that were carried out over MLB All-Star Week.

Operation Homerun, a prostitution demand initiative, was conducted by several law enforcement authorities from across Ohio.

This operation netted 21 arrests for individuals soliciting for prostitution.

"The difference between these guys and Jeffrey Epstein is only a matter of degree," Yost said.

The arrested individuals include:

• David Albert, 45, Westlake

• Geovani Morales, 45 Kenilworth, N.J.

• Dawit Bekel, 29, Richmond Heights

• Ron Mitchell, 52, Avon

• Leonard Majasi, 52, Weslake

• Roger Hoover, 57, Chillicothe

• Michael Barta, 23, Brecksville

• Ronald Olbrys, 51, Reminderville

• James Blue III, 28, Cleveland

• Brian Brown, 50, Cleveland

• Gregory Shaffer, 59, Maple Heights

• Timothy Laplante, 60, North Olmstead

• Ibrahim Salty, 32, Cleveland

• Daniel Abraham, 52, Walton Hills

• Simon Lewis, 44, Lyndhurst

• Cory Kyovsky, 29, Cleveland

• Michael Gallese, 26, Cleveland

• Krishna Adusumilli, 25, Illegal Alien

• Anthony Petruziello, 41, Wickliffe

• Anthony Ciresi, 52, Seven Hills

• Larry Clark, 37, Beechwood

Operation Triple Play, an initiative focused on those seeking to engage in sexual activity with whom they believed to be minor children, was led by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. This operation arrested 28 individuals that could face felony charges of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Importuning, Possess Criminal Tools and Attempting Corruption with Drugs.

The arrested individuals include:

• Jacob Hale, 20, Cleveland

• Kyle Ferguson, 21, Medina

• Denis Ismailaj, 22, Lakewood

• Jacob Hoover, 22, Brunswick

• Tyler Reed, 23, Parma

• Luis Ponciano, 23, Lorain

• Sebastien Juin, 24, Cleveland

• Jonathan Staples, 24, Barberton

• Maurice Cannon, 26, Cleveland Heights

• Julio Torres, 26, Cleveland

• Jamal Williams, 26, Cleveland

• Justin Raab, 26, Painesville

• Michael Mills, 27, Westlake

• Douglas Rosenthal, 27, Cleveland

• Peter Nelson, 28, Cleveland

• Jason Chandler, 28, Akron

• Carlos Crespo, 29, Brunswick

• Anthony Gentry, 29, Youngstown

• Aaron Hawley, 30, Sheffield Village

• Scott Carrigan, 31, Chardon

• Phillip Pate, 31, Lakewood

• Derek Smon, 31, Lakewood

• Jason Conley, 32, Painesville

• Steven Prest, 36, Youngstown

• Eric Flores, 40, Cleveland

• Vincenzo Rampini, 43, Mentor

• Norman Thompson, 49, Chesterland

• James Schultz, 67, Parma

Ohio ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to human trafficking.

Cleveland is uniquely situated because of its proximity to major interstate highways that stretch across America.

The average age of someone forced into prostitution (human trafficking) is 15 years old, and most often is a girl.

Boys, women and men also find themselves as part of this dehumanizing sex trade.

Fight against human trafficking: Ohio ranks 4th in the U.S. for human trafficking, and Cuyahoga County is launching a plan aimed at protecting at-risk children. https://bit.ly/2XFdW4t

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, July 11, 2019

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