“The illusion of freedom will continue as long 
as it's profitable to continue the illusion.
 
At the point where the illusion becomes too 
expensive to maintain, they will just take 
down the scenery, they will pull back the 
curtains, they will move the tables and chairs 
out of the way and you will see 
the brick wall at the back of the theater.” 

Monday, April 24, 2017

US Air Force employee among 23 men arrested in underage sex sting in Atlanta

  • Cops in Gwinnett County, Georgia announced nearly two dozen arrests Monday
  • Inter-agency task-force targeted suspected child sex predators online
  • Men are accused of talking to kids online and traveling to have sex with them
  • Alleged predators targeted both boys and girls, investigators say
A undercover police dragnet targeting online predators who chat with children and travel to have sex with them has led to the arrests of 23 men, one of whom is in the Air Force.

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia announced the sting on Monday, saying a 15-agency task-force had made the arrests over the past five days in what it is dubbing 'Operation Spring Cleaning'.

The men, who range in age from 19 to 48, have been charged under a state law banning obscene communication with minors and communications for the purpose of meeting kids for sex.

Police say the men traveled to Gwinnett County from other areas around the Atlanta metro area with the intent to meet a child for sex. The men's interest in children included both boys and girls, police said.

Scott Robert Baxter, Tucker, GA, 34, retail employee
Andrew Sean Carroll, Dacula, GA, 19, grounds maintenance
Brian Dwayne Clark, Winder, GA, 41, mechanic
Alisha Gagguturu, Suwanee, GA, 23, job unknown
Left to right: Scott Robert Baxter, Andrew Sean Carroll, Brian Dwayne Clark, Alisha Gagguturu
Connor Fionn Hale, Lawrenceville, GA, 23, unemployed
Demetrius Deshawn Harper, Lawrenceville, GA, 22, automotive technician
Joel Blake Jackson, from Braselton, GA, 22, gas station attendant
Rasesh Jagtap, Alpharetta, GA, 33, information technology specialist
L to R: Connor Fionn Hale, Demetrius Deshawn Harper, Joel Blake Jackson, Rasesh Jagtap

The operation also targeted those who were willing to exploit children by paying for sex with a minor.
Those arrested were employed in such fields as warehouses, maintenance, IT,  construction, and retail, and some were unemployed, according to police.
One man arrested, Edward Harold Ramsey of Wichita, Kansas, is in the US Air Force.
Since 2014, Georgia police have arrested 77 people in stings similar to this one, which police called a 'proactive undercover investigation'. 
Akshat Jasra, Alpharetta, GA, 35, software consultant
David Kelley, College Park, GA, 22, model display builder
Steven Anthony King, Clarksville, GA, 26, warehouse employee
Horacio Mendoza, Lawrenceville, GA, 48, construction worker
L to R: Akshat Jasra, David Kelley, Steven Anthony King, Horacio Mendoza
Andrew Ryan Murphy, Norcross, GA, 22, janitor
Max Park, Suwanee, GA, 37, unemployed
Edward Harold Ramsey, Wichita, KS, 24, USAF
Melchior Simon, Duluth, GA, 28, unemployed
L to R: Andrew Ryan Murphy, Max Park, Edward Harold Ramsey, Melchior Simon
'This successful operation was a partnership amongst all the agencies involved,' Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Debbie Garner said in a statement.
'We will continue to aggressively work together to protect our children,' she said. 
The GBI was the coordinating agency in the undercover operation, in which state, federal, and local law enforcement participated.  
Martinez-Torres Sixto , from Norcross, GA, 30, electrician
Brett William Smith, Jr., 35, floor installer
Zadok Smith, Duluth, GA, 27, furniture assembler
James Evan Soggs, Sandy Springs, GA, 20, warehouse employee
L to R: Martinez-Torres Sixto, Brett William Smith, Zadok Smith, James Evan Soggs
Adis Spahic, from Lawrenceville, GA, 40, warehouse manager
Ertiza Talukder, Lawrenceville, GA, 23, hotel employee
William David Warren, Winder, GA, 41, shop foreman
L to R: Adis Spahic, Ertiza Talukder, William David Warren

LIST OF SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN 'OPERATION SPRING CLEANING' 

1. Scott Robert Baxter, Tucker, GA, 34, retail employee
2. Andrew Sean Carroll, Dacula, GA, 19, grounds maintenance
3. Brian Dwayne Clark, Winder, GA, 41, mechanic
4. Alisha Gagguturu, Suwanee, GA, 23, unknown
5. Connor Fionn Hale, Lawrenceville, GA, 23, unemployed
6. Demetrius Deshawn Harper, Lawrenceville, GA, 22, automotive technician
7. Joel Blake Jackson, from Braselton, GA, 22, gas station attendant
8. Rasesh Jagtap, Alpharetta, GA, 33, information technology specialist
9. Akshat Jasra, Alpharetta, GA, 35, software consultant
10. David Kelley, College Park, GA, 22, model display builder
11. Steven Anthony King, Clarksville, GA, 26, warehouse employee
12. Horacio Mendoza, Lawrenceville, GA, 48, construction worker
13. Andrew Ryan Murphy, Norcross, GA, 22, janitor
14. Max Park, Suwanee, GA, 37, unemployed
15. Edward Harold Ramsey, Wichita, KS, 24, USAF
16. Melchior Simon, Duluth, GA, 28, unemployed
17. Martinez-Torres Sixto , from Norcross, GA, 30, electrician
18. Brett William Smith, Jr., 35, floor installer
19. Zadok Smith, Duluth, GA, 27, furniture assembler
20. James Evan Soggs, Sandy Springs, GA, 20, warehouse employee
21. Adis Spahic, from Lawrenceville, GA, 40, warehouse manager
22. Ertiza Talukder, Lawrenceville, GA, 23, hotel employee
23. William David Warren, Winder, GA, 41, shop foreman

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