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Twenty-three alleged child predators arrested in "Operation Spring Cleaning"

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Twenty-three people have been arrested over a five day period in an operation that targeted online child predators.

"Operation Spring Cleaning" was centered in Gwinnett County and took months of planning. Those arrested ranged in age from 19-48 and traveled from areas around metro Atlanta with the intent to meet a child for sex, according to investigators.

The operation was conducted by several agencies including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"It's all through online means that contact is made with them," said Bahan Rich with the GBI.

According to authorities, the children targeted by these online predators included both boys and girls. Some of the occupations of the people arrested included electrician, construction worker, retail employee, mechanic, hotel employee, janitor, and some were unemployed.

Below are a list of the people arrested in the sting operation:

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

"Not only are they talking about it online, they’re then getting in vehicles and then they’re driving, some of them, long distances to get here," said Detective David Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department's Special Victims Unit. "We were happy that we got 23 people off the street but it also is kind of an eye opener that there are way more out there than we thought about."

Since 2014, the Georgia Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has arrested 77 people in similar operations.   

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