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Child Sex Sting Operation Nets 26 Arrests in Tri-Cities

A several days long sting operation conducted by the Washington State Patrol netted 26 arrests of Tri-Cities area men on charges ranging from attempted child rape to

distribution of persons under the age of 18, commercial sex abuse of a minor, possession of sexually explicit images of a minor, dealing in images of a minor engaged in sexual conduct and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The 26 local men were caught during the “Net Nanny” investigation which undercover officers communicated with the individuals on-line posing as young boys and girls.

Officials say some 21 victims were saved by this undercover sting operation and is the 8th one conducted since 2015.

Here are the names of the men arrested during the sting:

Ryan D. Harris, 32, Pendleton, Ore.
Douglas Arbogast, 70, Pasco, Wash.
Marco A. Celis-Hernandez, 21, Richland.
Andrew L. Sanders, 33, Pasco, Wash.
John M. Sheline, 40, Pasco, Wash.
Gabriel Saenz, 41, Kennewick, Wash.
William J. Barrett, 47, Kennewick, Wash.
Darren J. Kerbyson, 50, West Richland, Wash.
James C. Doty, 34, Richland, Wash.
Yasir M. Majeed, 35, Kennewick, Wash.
Gregory B. Taber, 75, Pasco, Wash.
John N. Schouviller, 31, Pasco, Wash.
Antonio C. Garcia, 21, Richland, Wash.
Lucas F. Beach, 38, Pasco, Wash.
Stephen C. Perez, 45, Pasco, Wash.
Ali Al Mahfood, 35, Kennewick, Wash.
Kyle R. Sickels, 25, Kennewick, Wash.
Jesus G. Contreras Salgado, 29, Tieton, Wash.
Dewayne L. Hetrick, 42, Kennewick, Wash.
Thomas A. Swarers, 69, Kennewick, Wash.
Jerome G. Williams, 24, Kennewick, Wash.
James C. Escobeda, 20, Kennewick, Wash.
Yuriy L. Gulchuck, 35, Kennewick, Wash.
Jairo Lopez, 20, Yakima, Wash.
Aaron D. Hagerty, 42, Kennewick, Wash.
Daniel A. Medina, 20, Pendleton, Ore.

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