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July 15, 2021Phoenix, AZ, United StatesChild Exploitation

HSI Phoenix partners with local law enforcement agencies, arrests and charges 39 men with child sex crimes

PHOENIX – Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently partnered with the Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa Police Departments along with the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office on an Internet Crimes Against Children sting resulting in nearly three dozen arrests.

The operation known as “Behind the Mask” was an undercover operation that targeted the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking. Throughout the operational period, undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts. The suspects reportedly solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.

The Tempe Police Department routinely conducts operations of this type in a continuous effort to reduce the demand that fuels child sex trafficking and exploitation of children in our community. The suspects in this operation ranged in age from 20 to 64. The following suspects solicited various sex acts and were arrested.

Name Charges
Jeromy Harris, 41 Child Sex Trafficking, attempted sex conduct with a minor
Charles Shumway, 36 Luring, Attempted Sexual Conduct with a minor
Yasir Al Obaidi, 26 Child Sex Trafficking, Aggravated luring, attempted sex conduct with a minor.
Mark Allen Bourdonc, 57 Luring, Attempted Sexual Conduct with a minor
Jorge Jesus Martinez, 53 Luring, Attempted Sexual Conduct with a minor – two counts each
Boopathiraja Kandasamy, 37 Child Sex Trafficking, Luring, Attempted Sexual Conduct w/ minor
Jesus Rodriguez Marquez, 52 Child Sex Trafficking, attempted sex conduct with a minor
Carl Thomas Jr., 63 Luring, Attempted Sexual Conduct with a minor
Kevin Lee Gilbreath, 41 Luring, Attempted Sexual Conduct with a minor
Bradley K. Johnson II, 48 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor, Possession of Dangerous Drugs
Mario Salgado Vela, 39 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor, Money Laundering
Nathan Loftis, 39 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor
Faizal Mohamad Yassin, 24 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor
Jacob Roshetko, 22 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor
Charles Parenti, 44 Child Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Zrone Lee Coker, 36 Aggravated Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor, Possession of Dangerous Drugs.
Walker Rockwell House, 26 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor
Kevin Carrasco, 21 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor, Money Laundering
Noah Alexander Cheesman-Barnes, 25 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted sex conduct with a minor.
Rafael Ramirez, 21 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted sex conduct with a minor, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia
John Quarles Sr., 50 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted sex conduct with a minor, luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
David Allan Mills, 64 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor
Patrick Henry Sanchez, 39 Child Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering, Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Marco Flores Villalobos, 45 Child Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Angel Yepez Gonzalez, 48 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Ramon Xavier Escobedo, 40 Child Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Jerard Harris, 33 Child Sex Trafficking, Aggravated Luring of a minor for sex exploitation, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Nicholas Brock Royals, 26 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted Sex Conduct, Luring
Matthew Scandin, 37 Luring, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor
Cirilo De Leon, 35 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Shayne Patrick Smyth, 38 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted Sex Conduct with a minor, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alfonso Arispe, 22 Child Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Nicolas Drew Phipps, 41 Child Sex Trafficking, Attempted sex conduct with a minor
David Ramos, 40 Aggravated Luring of a Minor, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Kevin Lee Qualls, 51 Aggravated Luring of a Minor, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
David Green, 44 Child Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Able Navarro, 20 Child Sex Trafficking, Pandering, Attempted Sex Exploitation of Minor
Jerald Ross Yonnie, 47 Child Sex Trafficking, Aggravated Luring of a Minor, Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor
Christopher Lehman, 39 Luring of a Minor for Sexual Exploitation

Jeromy Harris
Jeromy Harris

Charles Shumway
Charles Shumway

Yasir Al Obaidi
Yasir Al Obaidi

Mark Bourdon
Mark Bourdon

Jorge Jesus Martinez
Jorge Jesus Martinez

Boopathiraja Kandasamy
Boopathiraja Kandasamy

Jesus Rodriguez Marquez
Jesus Rodriguez Marquez

Carl Thomas Jr
Carl Thomas Jr.

Bradley Keith Johnson II
Bradley Keith Johnson II

Kevin Lee Gilbreath
Kevin Lee Gilbreath

Mario Salgado Vela
Mario Salgado Vela

Nathan Loftis
Nathan Loftis

Faizal Mohamad Yassin
Faizal Mohamad Yassin

Jacob Roshetko
Jacob Roshetko

Charles Parenti
Charles Parenti

Zrone Lee Coker
Zrone Lee Coker

Kevin Carrasco
Kevin Carrasco

Walker Rockwell House
Walker Rockwell House

Noah Alexander Cheesman-Barnes
Noah Alexander Cheesman-Barnes

Rafael Ramirez
Rafael Ramirez

John Quarles Sr.
John Quarles Sr.

David Allan Mills
David Allan Mills

Patrick Henry Sanchez
Patrick Henry Sanchez

Marco Villalobos Flores
Marco Villalobos Flores

Angel Yepez Gonzalez
Angel Yepez Gonzalez

Ramon Xavier Escobedo
Ramon Xavier Escobedo

Jerard Harris
Jerard Harris

Nicholas Brock Royals
Nicholas Brock Royals

Matthew Scandin
Matthew Scandin

Cirilo De Leon
Cirilo De Leon

Shayne Patrick Smyth
Shayne Patrick Smyth

Alfonso Arispe
Alfonso Arispe

Nicolas Drew Phipps
Nicolas Drew Phipps

David Ramos
David Ramos

Kevin Lee Qualls
Kevin Lee Qualls

Kevin Lee Shuster
Kevin Lee Shuster

David Green
David Green

Able Navarro
Able Navarro

Jerald Ross Yonnie
Jerald Ross Yonnie

Christopher Lehman
Christopher Lehman

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and 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 U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Updated: 07/19/2021