43 arrested, cited for drugs, weapons, crimes against children by HSI Phoenix and partnered agencies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – On Tuesday, results from an undercover operation dubbed “Spring Fling” aimed at targeting alleged sexual predators was announced by local law enforcement in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
HSI joined the Scottsdale Police Department Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEaT) Unit along with Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Surprise Police Departments along with Arizona State University Police Department for Operation Spring Fling.
This was an undercover operation targeting the demand for commercial sex, sex buyers, and human trafficking, which led to 43 arrests for crimes including child sex trafficking, prostitution, drug charges, and misconduct involving weapons. The focus was on hotel prostitution and street prostitution enforcement. The suspects allegedly solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.
The following suspects solicited various sex acts and were arrested:
|Anthony Gomez Jr||31||ASU PD DR 22-1760||Prostitution|
|Robert Duran||43||Mesa PD GO 22-104339||Prostitution|
|Ronaldo Woodson||26||Mesa PD GO 22-104409||Prostitution|
|Christopher Lull||39||Mesa PD GO 22-105135||Prostitution x 2|
|Kinur Amador||44||Mesa PD GO 22-105724||Prostitution|
|Jacinto Gamez Mendoza||48||Mesa PD GO 22-105789||Prostitution|
|Temeni Brewster||32||Mesa PD GO 22-103374||Prostitution|
|Dominique Franks||55||Mesa PD GO 22-103505||Prostitution|
|Rushik Desai||24||Mesa PD GO 22-103565||Prostitution|
|Kyle Church||37||Mesa PD GO 22-10491||Prostitution|
|Motjaba Khanzandedaghalian||32||Mesa PD GO 22-104939||Prostitution|
|Tariq Saleem||34||Mesa PD GO 22-105835||Prostitution|
|Pruthvi Tatikonda||37||Mesa PD GO 22-105901||Prostitution|
|Robert Farinas||36||Mesa PD GO 22-105855||Prostitution|
|Michael Santangelo||53||SPD DR 22-10337||Prostitution|
|Neil Dickens||51||SPD DR 22-10409||Prostitution|
|Jose Manuel Berumen Abril||57||SPD DR 22-10415||Prostitution, POND|
|Marco Valles||53||SPD DR 22-10489||Child Sex Trafficking|
|Trinidad Gil||25||SPD DR 22-10346||Prostitution|
|Martin Mendez||56||SPD DR 22-10468||Prostitution|
|Salvador Acosta||35||SPD DR 22-10472||Prostitution|
|Joshua Burns||32||SPD DR 22-10356||Prostitution|
|Jose Luis Davila||21||SPD DR 22-10350||Prostitution|
|Daniel Aceves||28||SPD DR 22-10407||Prostitution|
|Noel McBurnett||57||SPD DR 22-10264||Prostitution, Misconduct Involving Weapons, PODD, PODP|
|Rafael Gonzalez||19||SPD DR 22-10414||Prostitution|
|Geoffrey Dada||40||SPD DR 22-10351||Prostitution|
|Bruce Sharp||40||SPD DR 22-10263||Prostitution|
|Ryan Klinger||46||SPD DR 22-10408||Prostitution, PODD, PODP|
|Jason Kuns||52||SPD DR 22-10412||Prostitution, PODD, PODP|
|Roman Janowiak||47||SPD DR 22-10273||Prostitution, Misdemeanor Warrant|
|Gilbert Brown||57||SPD DR 22-10339||Prostitution|
|Robert Richey||42||SPD DR 22-10396||Prostitution|
|Christopher Lara||48||SPD DR 22-10495||Prostitution, Felony Warrant (Child Sex Trafficking)|
|Michael Boyle||47||TPD GO 22-53387||Prostitution|
|Jayasankar Dhoolipala||34||TPD GO 22-53727||Prostitution|
|Robert Arthur||36||TPD GO 22-54174||Prostitution|
|Joseph Valva||40||TPD GO 22-52983||Prostitution, PODD, PODP, Felony Warrant|
|Martin Quiroz Islas||55||TPD GO 22-53418||Prostitution|
|Carlos Oltehua-Asencion||39||TPD GO 22-53761||Prostitution|
|Christopher Frank||54||TPD GO 22-53741||Prostitution|
|James England||47||TPD GO 22-53764||Prostitution|
|Tuan Tran||46||TPD GO 22-53804||Prostitution|
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
HSI also encourages the public to report suspected sex trafficking or any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE, or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial (802) 872-6199. Hearing impaired users may call TTY (802) 872-6196.
HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.