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Child sex trafficking operation in Sweetwater leads to arrest of seven suspects

From Local 3 News: Officers and deputies from multiple departments in Monroe County took seven people between the ages of 28 to 77 into custody fo

From Local 3 News: Officers and deputies from multiple departments in Monroe County took seven people between the ages of 28 to 77 into custody for engaging in sexual conversations with an undercover agent posing as a minor online.

 

Most of the men arrested offered $100 to have sex with who they thought was a 16-year-old female or male.

 

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crime Task Force, Sweetwater Police Department, Vonore Police Department and the Covenant Rescue Group teamed up to conduct the sting from Thursday, June 20 to Friday, June 21.

 

A Facebook post from Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones says the chats between the suspects and decoy juvenile were explicit.

 

“These conversations were heinous in nature and most included money in exchange for sexual acts,” Sheriff Jones said.

 

Jones thanked the Covenant Rescue Group, an organization dedicated to rescuing victims and arresting criminals involved in human trafficking, for spearheading the project.

 

The following individuals were arrested during the sting:

  • Roberto Lara Cuevas, 28
  • Gerardo Barahoma, 28
  • Brian Matthew Broome, 29
  • Honorio Herrera, 37
  • Enoc Gutierrez Velazquez, 55
  • James R. Barsuglia, 77

 

Local 3 News is working to confirm the identity of the 7th suspect arrested.