35 arrested in Tampa Bay child sex sting - WRBL

35 arrested in Tampa Bay child sex sting

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri (at left) and Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri (at left) and Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

35 suspects who investigators say made arrangements to have sex with children, were arrested during a recent four-day undercover sting.

"Operation Home Alone" targeted people who use a computer or other electronic devices to try to arrange to have sex with children, according to Clearwater Police.

The suspects, who range in age from 19 to 65, thought they were chatting with boys or girls, instead they were communicating with undercover detectives, investigators say.

The suspects then traveled to various locations to have sex with the kids, who they thought were as young as 11-years-old. But, the men were arrested instead, according to investigators.

"If these predators are going after our children, we're going to make sure we go after these predators," said Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office partnered with Clearwater Police for the sting.

Investigators say most of the suspects were from the Tampa Bay area. 23 were from Pinellas County, seven were from Hillsborough County and two each were from Pasco and Manatee counties.

One man traveled all the way from Miami to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Another came from Tarpon Springs to have sex with a mother and her two daughters, ages 11 and 14, according to investigators.

The suspects were arrested on a variety of charges, the most common ones include traveling to meet a minor and seduction of a child using the internet or an electronic device. Other charges included attempted lewd and lascivious battery, resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer.

The following suspects were arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail:

  • Eden Imran Emanuel Popo II, 26, Oldsmar
  • Mark Edward Holzworth, 26, Clearwater, 26
  • Dean Laurence Ingram, 47, New Port Richey
  • Roger Morgan Palmer, 63, Tarpon Springs
  • Marcus Allen Coffey, 19, Tampa
  • Stanley Bruce Sandrowitz, 65, Clearwater
  • Shane Lee Power, 26, Largo
  • Demetrius Stephaun Cardwell, 20, Clearwater
  • Kevin Matthew Zalich, 39, Lutz
  • Minh Phuoc Nguyen, 24, Dunedin
  • Stephen Eric Virgil, 46, Tampa
  • David Brian Hubbard, 53,Seminole
  • John Jackson Finch, 25, Dunedin
  • Jeance Asdrub Colina-Enriquez, 20, Tampa
  • Luis R. Malave, 38, Clearwater
  • Yaser Abdelrahman Manm Alsalameh, 27, Tampa
  • Travis Labron Freeman, 25, Kenneth City
  • Nicholas Demasky, 29, Hudson
  • Russell Allen Edwards, 39, St. Petersburg
  • Eric A Mendez, 30, St. Petersburg
  • Steven James Bandura, 22, Largo
  • David Alan Degener, 29, Tampa
  • Kevin Miller, 33, Clearwater
  • Michael H Powers, 54, St. Petersburg
  • Clinton Bradley Sizemore, 38, Clearwater
  • Alexander Levi Blackwell, 35, Miami
  • Elliot Sheffield, 26, Clearwater
  • Robert Luis Scherriff, 60, Oldsmar
  • James Ronald King, 28, Tampa
  • Alberto Aguilar Jimenez, 28, Pinellas Park
  • George Francis Dadswell Jr., 57, St. Petersburg,
  • Steven Knapp, 25, Dunedin
  • Jose Armando Guandique, 42, Clearwater
  • Rodney Glen Montgomery, 45, Bradenton
  • Michael R Dempsey, 43, Bradenton

Other participating agencies included the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Air Force, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Polk County Sheriff's Office, St. Petersburg Police Department and Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office.

All of the participating law enforcement agencies are part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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