GBI: 21 arrested in undercover Super Bowl sex-crimes operation


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    BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The GBI says 21 people were arrested over a five-day period beginning last Wednesday for child porn and sex trafficking crimes.

    The undercover investigation came at the same time as Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta and was coordinated by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the GBI's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, Brookhaven Police Department, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office and United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

    “Operation Interception” was centered in DeKalb County and took several months of planning, the GBI says.

    "The goal of “Operation Interception” was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line, have sexually explicit conversations, and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex," the GBI said. "Additionally, the operation targeted those who are willing to exploit children by purchasing sex with a minor."

    Over 63 cases were established that met the threshold for arrest. Twenty-one of those cases were concluded with arrests. The following were arrested and charged in DeKalb County as part of “Operation Interception”:

    • Nicholas Alexander Bowen, Chamblee, GA, 29, ride sharing and delivery driver
    • Thomas Cheung, Alpharetta, GA, 32, gaming studio employee
    • Jeshua Elijah Collins, Suwannee, GA, 22, deli clerk
    • James Tunde Fadeyi, Lithonia, GA 55, unemployed
    • Walter Gonzalez-Amaya, Norcross, GA, 22, maintenance worker
    • Larry Allen Gordon, Hampton, GA, 31, fast food restaurant employee
    • Zachary Tye Gourdine, Conley, GA, 28, crane operator
    • Dylan Michael Graham, Silver Creek, GA, 27, elevator mechanic
    • Richard Jason Hyder, Elizabethton, TN, 41, asphalt grinding contractor
    • Mitchell Allen Kennedy, Brooklyn, NY, 24, software company creative assistant
    • Raheem Lalani, Birmingham, AL, 26, unemployed
    • Marco A. Mendoza-Escalante, Riverdale, GA, 20, paving technician
    • Darwin Menjivar-Fernandez, Powder Springs, GA, 22, restaurant server
    • Juan Valencia-Patino, Jesup, GA, 22, student
    • Juan Manuel Sanchez, Woodstock, GA, 25, automobile mechanic
    • Junior Cornelius Timoteus, Atlanta, GA 25, restaurant server
    • Oscar Ramirez, Atlanta, GA, 39, construction worker
    • Dylan Golding Whynot, Kennesaw, GA, 32, behavioral health case manager
    • Kyle A. Williams, Stone Mountain, GA, 32, warehouse employee
    • Robert Tyler Wilson, Canton, GA, 31, automotive service technician
    • Tarno M. Walters, Lawrenceville, GA, 22, grocery store employee

    Those arrested were charged with Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007 and/or Trafficking of Persons for Labor or Sexual Servitude.

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