COLUMBUS – Twenty-Two men have been indicted on charges of attempted rape, importuning, attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and promoting prostitution.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said,”These 22 men all travelled to a specific location in Franklin County to engage in inappropriate sexual conduct with what they thought were children they believed to be between 12 and 15 years old.”
The sting lured men to come from other areas of Ohio to “meet up” with agents that were impersonating children from all over Ohio.
“This operation demonstrates the varying dynamics of sex trafficking operating within our community,” Rapp said. “Street prostitution is only a small part of a much larger complex sex trafficking issue. This operation was a collaboration of over 30 local, state and federal agencies and offices working to address the many hidden crimes within Ohio.”
A portion of the initiative focused on those seeking to engage in sexual activity with whom they believed to be minor children. This portion of the operation arrested 24 individuals for importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. One individual faces additional charges of attempted rape and one individual faces an additional charge of disseminating matter harmful for juveniles. All charges are felonies.
Here is a list of people indicted in the list you can see several that are from our area.
Logan Lee Detty, of Chillicothe
Steven Gregory Weakley, of Grove City
Brian Joseph Basil, of Grove City
Timothy Wayne Coffey, of Columbus
James Matthew Good, of Marysville
Jonas Micah Wernick, of Upper Arlington
Jose Alberto Montoyvanegas, of Columbus
Cesar Ivan Lopez, of Galloway
Kim Jay Alex, of Dublin
Rick Alan Birman, of Columbus
Neil Umesh Patel, of Methuen, MA
Christian Mark Gibson, of Columbus
Scott William Fierro, of Marysville
Mark Wyatt Fitzgerald II, of Portsmouth
Joshua Randall Love, of Columbus
Christian Othello Bryant, of Columbus
Steven Michael Wilson, of Columbus
John Shimizu, of Dublin
David James Bond, of Columbus
Cody Michael Conn, of Columbus
Steven Daniel Barcus, of Westerville
Marcus Ronaldon Banks, of Arlington, TN