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UD administrator, 2 air men among 160 caught in human trafficking crackdown

By Katie ShatsbySeth Byrd,

2023-10-02

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — An administrator with the University of Dayton, two members of the Air Force and a professor with Indiana University were among the local catches in a week-long statewide human trafficking crackdown, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

“Operation Buyer’s Remorse” sought to arrest those trying to buy sex and to identify survivors of human trafficking from Sept. 25-30, said Yost’s office. It was a statewide operation with a focus on the areas of Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown, Marietta and Portsmouth.

The crackdown caught 149 “johns” looking to buy sex from prostitutes. Two others were arrested for seeking sex with minors. Other arrests were made for promoting prostitution, illegal possession of narcotics and/or firearms, and outstanding warrants.

“Nearly 100 law enforcement agencies and service organizations participated in this operation – I am grateful for each and every partner who dedicated their time and resources, as we all play a key role in the fight against human trafficking,” Yost said.

According to the news release, the Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force’s sting operation targeting “johns” netted U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shawn Ryken and Maj. Jason Goins, UD administrator Michael Masterson and IU professor Ramesh Karki.

Yost’s office reported that the operation led to 160 arrests through stings coordinated by human trafficking and major crimes task forces.

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Those arrested came from all different backgrounds including EMTs, nurses, educators, retirees, former law enforcement officers, self-employed individuals, delivery drivers and others.

The youngest person arrested was 17 years old and the oldest was 84 years old.

During the operation, 104 survivors were interviewed and received services from healthcare and social service organizations.

Yost said, “Our message is simple: Don’t buy sex in Ohio!”

People arrested during ‘Operation Buyer’s Remorse’

  • Tyron Abbington
  • Robin Adams, 32, Columbus, OH
  • Ishmael Adjei, 45, Columbus, OH
  • Todd Adkins, 38, Columbus, OH
  • Amos Akarah, 57, Columbus, OH
  • Shaban Alsaleh, 42, Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Charles Amoyaw
  • Robert Ashbaugh, 52, New Castle, PA
  • Aaron Ashley, 32, Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Perry Balduff
  • James Bean, 60, Columbus, OH
  • Michael Bender, 41, Warren, OH
  • Adam Block, 48, Columbus, OH
  • Gale Bluntschly, 50, Galloway, OH
  • Dakota Bond, 29, New Straitsville, OH
  • Seth Borror
  • Patsy Bova, 59, Diamond, OH
  • Napoleon Brisker
  • Torey Budgett
  • Alejandro Cambrano, 41, Columbus, OH
  • Jonathan Campbell
  • Tyler Casey
  • Brae Chamberlin, 28, Oberlin, OH
  • Robert Chaussar, 65, Jamestown, PA
  • Michael Chima, 43, Canton, OH
  • John Cirulli, 40, Buffalo, NY
  • Nickolas Claybourn
  • Christopher Coiner, 19, Euclid, OH
  • Brandon Collins, 36, Bedford Heights, OH
  • Joshua Colvin, 47, Burton, OH
  • Thomas Connelly, 52, Parma, OH
  • Anthony Cook
  • Chadley Daniels, 38, Columbus, OH
  • Gregory Davis, 76, Sunbury, OH
  • Walter Davis, 64, Columbus, OH
  • Leo Devlin IV, 31, Columbus, OH
  • Abraham Diallo, 42, Columbus, OH
  • Hakim Duari, 43, Columbus, OH
  • Cornelius Echols, 26, Phenix City, AL
  • Deshawn Evans, 26, Austintown, OH
  • Ralph Fabrizio, 48, Hubbard, OH
  • Shane Freeman, 33, Warrensville Heights, OH
  • Lionel Gaddy, 61, Florida
  • Richard Garrott, 62, Hannibal, OH
  • Jason Goins, 32, Washington D.C
  • William Gorrell, 64, Caldwell, OH
  • Brian Grim, 64, Upper Arlington, OH
  • Abdirahman Gure
  • Bimal Gurung, 23, Nepal
  • Hanibal Habte, 38, Pickerington, OH
  • Mark Hagenbaugh, 60, Akron, OH
  • Timothy Hendricks, 58, Hilliard, OH
  • Joseph Henry, 47, Columbus, OH
  • Fred Holbrook, 54, Grove City, OH
  • James Horner, 78, Columbus, OH
  • John Hrivnak
  • Brian Hubbard, 45, Fairfield, OH
  • Ibelson Jacques, 42, Whitehall, OH
  • William Jamison Sr., 68, Hilliard, OH
  • Joshua Jibben, 38, Texas
  • Curtis Johnson, 45, Columbus, OH
  • Emmanual Jothiraj, 38, India
  • Romia Kamgang
  • Ramesh Karki, 44, Richmond, IN
  • Myron Kawkabany, 42, Lyndhurst, OH
  • Louis Kelly, 51, Centerburg, OH
  • Saeed Khan, 35, Pataskala, OH
  • Winston King, 84, Columbus, OH
  • Dennis Kinney, 62, Columbus, OH
  • Andrew Kuthy
  • Jamey Lacy, 46, Zanesville, OH
  • Ernest Large, 48, Columbus, OH
  • Travis Logan, 36, Grove City, OH
  • Luis Lopez-Garcia, 25, Newport, KY
  • Kelvin Martin Jr., 20, Columbus, OH
  • Michael Masterson, 55, Dayton, OH
  • Rickey McClaren, 61, Canal Winchester, OH
  • Nicholas McMillan, 25, Sheffield Lake, OH
  • Hadsh Medhane
  • Joseph Mekina, 66, Utica, OH
  • Esteban Mendez, 51, Columbus, OH
  • Luis Molina, 50, Butler, PA
  • Christian Money
  • Richard Moore III, 57, Columbus, OH
  • Joshua Mull, 38, Amherst, OH
  • Eric Mullins, 34, Columbus, OH
  • Edward Murray, 53, City Unknown
  • David Oiler
  • Hussin Ojayan, 24, Toledo, OH
  • Jose Olvera
  • Samiullah Omerzai, 42, City Unknown
  • Scott Parrott, 47, Columbus, OH
  • Dennis Parsley
  • Shawn Parsons
  • Manthan Patel, 27, Grove City, OH
  • Manual Perez, 35, Columbus, OH
  • Jordan Perez, 35, Masury, OH
  • Michael Pitchford, 75, Orient, OH
  • Danny Pruitt, 67, Quincy, KY
  • Maurice Quinichett, 41, Urbancrest, OH
  • Elmer Ramirez, 34, Columbus, OH
  • Jonathan Range, 39, Mineral Wells, WV
  • Patrick Robinson
  • Shawn Ryken, Age Unknown, Dayton, OH
  • Jorge Sanchez, 17, Columbus, OH
  • Gustavo Sandoval, 59, City Unknown
  • Suman Sarki
  • Michael Schnurr, 32, Brook Park, OH
  • Jauquez Searly, 22, Columbus, OH
  • Ahmad Sekandari, 28, Afganistan
  • Jerome Serdy, 68, Caldwell, OH
  • Kyle Shahan, 33, Dorset, OH
  • Hari Shukla, 28, Los Angeles, CA
  • Francisco Silva, 58, Galloway, OH
  • Michal Silvus
  • James Smith, 46, Columbus, OH
  • Patrick Smith, 70, Hilliard, OH
  • Kevin Smith, 62, Warren, OH
  • Darren Smith, 42, Erie, PA
  • Isaac Snider, 82, Gahanna, OH
  • Brian Spayde, 42, Youngstown, OH
  • Miles Stevens, 62, Columbus, OH
  • Christopher Suarez, 51, Troy, MI
  • Travis Swidzinski, 37, Youngstown, OH
  • Robert Taylor, 59, Cleveland, OH
  • Vin Thang, 34, Columbus, OH
  • Voghens Thelismond, 31, Columbus, OH
  • Jerome Thomas, 62, Columbus, OH
  • Delbert Thomas, 75, Columbus, OH
  • Sedric Tinson
  • Luis Torres, 33, Columbus, OH
  • Ulises Torres, 38, Columbus, OH
  • Rickey Underwood, 67, Garrison, KY
  • Cirilo Uyoa, 56, Columbus, OH
  • Ricardo Vargas-Lopez, 22, Columbus, OH
  • Gerardo Vazquez-Molina, 47, City Unknown
  • Lane Vest
  • William Viars, 62, Pickerington, OH
  • Anil Wagle, 55, Richmond, IN
  • Yam Wagley, 33, Bhutan
  • Jonathan Waguespack, 21, Poland, OH
  • Rontrell White, 34, Youngstown, OH
  • Steven Wilson, 64, Columbus, OH
  • James Wright, 58, Columbus, OH
  • Garry Yates, 68, Columbus, OH
  • Myron Yoder, 54, Canal Fulton, OH
  • Bouekeur Zernenou, 40, Grove City, OH
  • John Zitzner, 68, Cleveland, OH
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