Sheriff Busts Locals In Sex Solicitation Sting

By  //  July 31, 2013

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17 males, seven females arrested

ABOVE VIDEO: The FBI recently executed a 76 city sweep, and authorities rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps. This was part of a three-day, nationwide operation to crackdown on underage sex exploitation.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORDA – During the past week, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office focused on the unlawful use of social media websites and platforms to solicit prostitution. During this portion of the investigation 17 males and seven females were arrested in Brevard County.

SUSPECTS CHARGED INCLUDE:

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• Robert L. Ross, 50, Cocoa, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution

• Guillermo G. Griffa, 39, West Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Daniel Lee McLaughlin, 49, Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Christopher Persen, 36, Rockledge, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Ernest Christian Jr., 41, Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Nelson Ross, 38, Merritt Island, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Joel Cerdan, 33, Cocoa, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• David Zetwo, 43, St. Cloud, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Ernest Storey, 55, Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Robert White, 30, Palm Bay, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Gorden Williams, 38, Cocoa, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Anthony Boschi, 49, Merritt Island, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Tiffany Mahoney, 24, Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Keidra Harris, 19, Rockledge, Charge: No Driver’s License
• Daisha Johnson, 19, Titusville, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution, RAWOV
• Sergio Briceno, 56, Merritt Island, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Mehrdad Moallem, 60, Indialantic, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Mary Hammond, 24, Cocoa Beach, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Autumn Shaffer, 35, Palm Bay, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Mary Walker, 38, Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Bradford Wells, 35, Orlando, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution
• Jayme Horne, 25, Cocoa, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• David L. Graham, 68, West Melbourne, Charge: Solicitation of Prostitution

This initiative was the second half of a successful proactive investigation performed by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office focusing on internet related crimes.

PREVIOUS OPERATION TARGETING CHILD PREDATORS

This first half of the operation targeted child predators who solicit children for sexual exploitation, which resulted in the following arrests: Justin Arbuckle, 29, Cocoa; Christopher Case, 49, Melbourne; Melvin Adams, 69, Ft. Pierce; Ernesto Corcho, 34, Miami; Andrew Reed, 25, Orlando; Todd Kroeber, 42, Port Saint Lucie; Maxwell Loomis, 23, Micco; Christopher Bryant, 35, Ocoee; Dexxter Bennett, 25, Orlando; Anthony Detrano, 34, Viera; and Mackendjo Etienne, 21, Fort Pierce.

I am so proud of our team and the entire law enforcement community who joined together for this operation in an aggressive effort to protect our children. We truly have a group of incredible employees who are passionate about the protection of our most precious citizens.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.

The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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