BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – A coordinated undercover investigation in Georgia dubbed "Operation Interception" netted the arrests of 21 men on child porn and trafficking charges, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The operation was centered in Brookhaven, Georgia, taking place over a five-day period from Jan. 30 through Super Bowl Sunday, the GBI said in a release. The men arrested range in age from 20 to 55 and traveled from areas around metropolitan Atlanta with the intent to meet a child for sex.
The goal of the operation, the GBI said, was to arrest people who had sexually explicit conversations with children online and then traveled to meet them for sex. Other arrests involved the use of dating and social media apps.
The men arrested during "Operation Interception" were:
Nicholas Alexander Bowen, 29, ride sharing and delivery driver
Thomas Cheung, 32, gaming studio employee
Jeshua Elijah Collins, 22, deli clerk
James Tunde Fadeyi, 55, unemployed
Walter Gonzalez-Amaya, H/M, Norcross, GA, 22, maintenance worker
Larry Allen Gordon, 31, fast food restaurant employee
Zachary Tye Gourdine, 28, crane operator
Dylan Michael Graham, 27, elevator mechanic
Richard Jason Hyder, 41, asphalt grinding contractor
Mitchell Allen Kennedy, 24, software company creative assistant
Raheem Lalani, 26, unemployed
Marco A. Mendoza-Escalante, 20, paving technician
Darwin Menjivar-Fernandez, 22, restaurant server
Juan Valencia-Patino, 22, student
Juan Manuel Sanchez, 25, automobile mechanic
Junior Cornelius Timoteus, 25, restaurant server
Oscar Ramirez, 39, construction worker
Dylan Golding Whynot, 32, behavioral health case manager
Kyle A. Williams, 32, warehouse employee
Robert Tyler Wilson, 31, automotive service technician
Tarno M. Walters, 22, grocery store employee
Additional charges for the 21 men may be forthcoming, the GBI said.
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