This week, 14 people were arrested in a stab targeting online predators in the Las Vegas Valley.
Jordan Martinez, 24, Jonathan Santos, 28, Pedrito Castillo, 28, Kerry Krukenberg, 40, Trent Courtney, 25, George Espinoza, 34, Rafael Villarreal, 35, Andrew Lee, 40, Joal Robles, 29, Erik Huey, 49, Carey Sherwood, 50, Rene Zuniga, 42, Deonta Griffin, 36 and Roderick Schmitt, 47, were accused, according to court records, of luring a minor into a sexual act with a computer.
Agents from the FBI and from Henderson, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas police posed as minors online to set up meetings for sex, according to a statement by the Metropolitan Police Department on Friday. When the adult appeared on a date with a teenager, they were arrested by officers at the scene.
All 14 were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the circumstances surrounding each arrest were not available on Friday afternoon.
“LVMPD would like to remind parents to discuss with their children the dangers of chatting online with strangers,” Metro said in the statement. “Parents are encouraged to routinely monitor their children’s activities on social media and other online applications to prevent them from falling victim to a sexual predator.”
According to Transparent Nevada, Huey is a retired Clark County School District substitute teacher, most recently in 2018. His blog, Clark County School Watch, said he taught high school English and creative writing.
Santos, Lee, Huey, Sherwood, Zuniga, and Griffin must pay an additional referral fee.
Santos and Castillo were held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail, and Courtney was held on bail for $ 8,500.
Villarreal, Lee, Huey, Sherwood, Zuniga, Griffin, and Schmitt were held at the North Las Vegas Detention Center on bail between $ 15,000 and $ 30,000. The hearings were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Espinoza has been released on bail of $ 20,000 and has a trial scheduled for March 15.
Court information was not yet available for Martinez, Krukenberg, and Robles.
Anyone with information about these crimes can call Metro at 702-828-3111.
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