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Hospital nurse among 15 Florida men arrested in child sex sting 'Operation Wayfarer'

15 Florida men arrested in child sex sting 'Operation Wayfarer' (Pinellas County Sheriff)

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office child sex sting 'Operation Wayfarer' netted 15 arrests... among the arrested, a hospital nurse.

Detectives say the investigation was part of a 5-day operation that sought out individuals who chat with "minors" on-line for the purpose of meeting and engaging in sexual activity in Largo, Florida.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release:

Through the course of the 5-day operation, investigators or "chatters" posing as minors went on various websites to include on-line classified pages, social media sites and various chat rooms. During their online engagement, investigators established rapport with the subjects and developed cases in which the individuals arranged to meet with the "minor" for the purpose of sexual activity. Investigators say in their on-line communication, the subjects explicitly sought out minors for sex.

The suspects ages range from 20 to 47 years of age were arrested on various charges to include Traveling to Meet a Minor, Use of Computer Services Prohibited, and Online Solicitation of a Minor.

Investigators say that one of the suspects, arrested for traveling to meet a minor, told investigators that he traveled 3 1/2 hours from Lake Worth, Florida to meet a 13-year-old girl.

Another suspect who was arrested identified himself as a nurse at a local hospital.

The suspects were arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.


SUSPECTS:

Hector R. Paz Jr. (SEMINOLE)

DOB: 08/18/1994

Charges: Certain Uses of Computer Services or Devices Prohibited, Driving While License Suspended


Jared S. Sanchez (PALM HARBOR)

DOB: 05/21/1982

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor, Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Neil M. Ganchero (CLEARWATER)

DOB: 12/05/1975

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor, Certain Uses of Computer Services or Devices Prohibited


Dennis W. Felton (TAMPA)

DOB: 12/29/1992

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor, Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Possession of Marijuana.


Morris J. Poole (ST. PETERSBURG)

DOB: 04/19/1986

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, warrant arrest for Violation of Probation Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana


Terrell Newsome (ST. PETERSBURG)

DOB: 02/19/1993

Address: 5445 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor

Widmaer Euzebe (Arrested)

DOB: 06/24/1990

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Austin W. Randall III (LUTZ)

DOB: 06/10/1989

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Marcus F Pugh (LARGO)

DOB: 12/03/1979

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Timothy David Allen (ST. PETERSBURG)

DOB: 06/19/1979

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Orlando J. Alvarez (ST. PETERSBURG)

DOB: 03/23/1984

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Jose M. Aguirre (TAMPA)

DOB: 10/17/1977

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Steven Lusenie (LARGO)

DOB: 05/28/1988

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Thomas L. Elder (LAKE WORTH)

DOB: 11/14/1995

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor


Matthew A. Dennison (PALM HARBOR)

DOB: 11/14/1968

Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor



Our investigative efforts will continue to detect those who are preying on our vulnerable children.

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