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Child Predator Sting Nets 15 Arrests in North Carolina; Agents Posed as Teens to Bust Child Solicitation and Human Trafficking Attempts

Child Predator Sting Nets 15 Arrests in North Carolina; Agents Posed as Teens to Bust Child Solicitation and Human Trafficking Attempts

Fifteen individuals are facing charges for engaging in internet crimes against children, according to an announcement made by Mooresville Police on Friday.

A collaborative effort took place from May 28 to May 30, involving various local, county, state, and federal agencies. According to Mooresville Police, these arrests represent the most significant child predator operation in the department’s history.

Preparations for the operation this week were initiated well in advance of May 2024, with the involvement of 19 agencies and 65 personnel. The suspects vary in age, with individuals ranging from 25 to 78 years old. According to authorities, some of them traveled from as far as Gretna, Virginia.

According to the authorities, the individuals involved utilized various online platforms to engage with minors, such as ChatApp, Discord, DoubleList, Facebook, FetLife, Grindr, Mega Personal Ad, Skip the Games, and Sniffies.

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According to a statement released on Friday, Mooresville Police Chief Ron Campurciani expressed that this operation had a significant impact on the lives of numerous children, potentially saving them.

The arrested individuals are:

  • Aaron Mark Mayhew, 33 years old, of Cherryville, NC.
  • Brandon Cassiano, 30 years old, of Mooresville, NC.
  • Christopher Bell, 29 years old, of Mooresville, NC.
  • Daniel Yachnin, 28 years old, of Cornelius, NC.
  • Dawson Davidson, 25 years old, of Taylorsville, NC.
  • Michael Smith, 55 years old, of Charlotte, NC.
  • Nien Eya Y, 45 years old, of Charlotte, NC.
  • Paul Corkery, 45 years old, of Concord, NC.
  • Thomas Trickett, 65 years old, of Cornelius, NC.
  • Wilbur Cole III, 28 years old, of Gretna, VA.
  • Kenneth Lanning, 78 years old, of Clayton, NC.
  • Joshua Lara, 27 years old, of High Point, NC.
  • Eutiquio Chavez, 36 years old, of Concord, NC.
  • Elvin Rodezno Rodriguez, 39 years old, of Charlotte, NC.

All have been arrested and placed in detention centers. They all are charged with a slew of allegations involving child abuse, Soliciting Prostitution of a Minor, Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor,Solicitation of a Child by Computer and Appearing.

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