Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – The Las Vegas Police Department says an undercover Internet operation led to the arrest of 15 people between October 7-8.
According to news reports, the suspects were arrested after arranging a meeting with undercover agents posing as minors online.
The operation was conducted by the Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, including members of the FBI, Henderson Police, LVMPD and North Las Vegas Police, the release notes.
According to authorities, those arrested in connection with the operation are Joshua Casillas, 48; Michael Perry, 68; Matthew Gallegos, 39; Tyler Lovitt, 31; Michael Rich, 41; Fernando Garcia, 26; Kareem Hollins, 23; Carlos Tobler, 24; Mark Griffith, 36; Daniel Gutierrez, 28; Clarence Reddick, 20; James Huber, 48; Dylan Hill, 24; Nathan Urbauer, 38; and Brian Aldana, 25 years old.
The 15 people are being held at the Henderson Detention Center on various charges, including soliciting a minor to engage in sexual acts with a computer and soliciting a minor to engage in the prostitution of minors, the release said.
“This operation was conducted as part of LVMPD’s ongoing efforts to reduce violent crime and protect children in our community,” the statement said.
Anyone who may have been a victim of one of these subjects or has information about their crimes is urged to contact the LVMPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 702-828-3111. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
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