5 arrested in operation targeting child predators

From left to right: Ethan Leo Amuer, Mark Allen Blanton, Nicholas Dominguez, Tagboo Nkemakonam Ezenna and David Lara. 

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (CBS46) – Five men are in custody following an operation targeting online child predators. Woodstock police said the men were involved in online chats with who they believed to be a female under the age of 16. Police said they were arrested when they arrived at undisclosed locations to meet for the purpose of having sex.

Arrested on scene:

1) Ethan Leo Amuer, 20, of Alpharetta, was arrested for the following: Sexual exploitation of a child, criminal attempt of child molestation, and criminal attempt of sodomy.

2)  Mark Allen Blanton, 57, of Woodstock, was arrested for the following: Computer child exploitation.

3) Nicholas Dominguez, 24, of Canton, was arrested for the following: Computer child exploitation and criminal attempt of child molestation.

4) Tagboo Nkemakonam Ezenna, 28, of Lithia Springs, was arrested for the following: Child exploitation, criminal attempt of child molestation, criminal attempt of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

5) David Lara, 30, of Canton, was arrested for the following: Enticing a child to commit an indecent act, criminal attempt of child molestation, and criminal attempt of aggravated child molestation.

Police are working to secure warrants for additional people they say were involved in the online chats. They are not identifying them until the investigation is complete.

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