Virginia Police Arrest 30 Pedophiles as Part of Operation ‘COVID Crackdown’

Police in Virginia arrest 30 pedophiles as part of operation COVID crackdown

Police in Virginia have arrested thirty dangerous pedophiles as part of a massive anti-child abuse operation named “COVID Crackdown.”

The child abusers were caught in just one Virginia county over the course of this month in an undercover sting set up to catch child rapists who target children online.

The investigation, which was designed to protect minors using the internet for online school classes amid the coronavirus lockdown, has seen a total of 68 felony charges put on 30 pedophiles.

The pedophiles were initiating “explicit conversations” with police posing as children online before trying to “initiate sex” with them, officers at Fairfax County Police found.

The predators were then arrested at the locations they had agreed to meet the ‘underage children,’ who were actually police officers posing as kids.

All 30 men now face more than one count of solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties or soliciting a minor for prostitution.

Daily Mail reports: Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Commander of Major Crimes for the department said in a statement: ‘Our detectives have remained vigilant and they recognized the increased threat posed by online predators in recent weeks.’ 

‘I commend their ability to adapt during this unprecedented public health pandemic and to do so in the interest of protecting our children and bringing justice to those who commit these repugnant crimes.’  

The men arrested were either from Virginia county or had travelled from Maryland, West Virginia or Washington D.C.  

More than 50 million children in the United States are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic that forced the shut down of schools, restaurants and bars, and other businesses deemed non-essential.

While states are developing plans to slowly reopen, it’s unclear if that will take weeks or months, which means children will likely be at home for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school. 

With many taking online classes this could mean they are spending more time on the internet and are therefore more exposed to dangers posed by peodophiles who use the internet to exploit children.

Names of those arrested in Virginina this month for alleged phedophilia:

  1. Cesar Vales II, 29, of Manassas, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  2. Halmar Lizama Henriquez, 26, of no fixed address, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  3. Juan Moreno Colindres, 65, of Maryland, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  4. Moises Aguilar Cano, 36, of Manassas, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  5. Renzo Portal, 26, of Centreville, charged with solicitation of a minor and soliciting a minor for prostitution.
  6. Zachary Kearns, 31, of Oakton, charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  7. Carlos Deras Lopez, 30, of Alexandria, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  8. Franklin Galvez, 25, of Maryland, charged with solicitation of a minor and soliciting a minor for prostitution.
  9. Jose Argueta Amaya, 32, of West Virginia, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  10. Mohamed Mansaray, 23, of Alexandria, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  11. Pedro Gonzalez, 50, of Fairfax, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  12. Yuson Joshi, 27, of Woodbridge, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  13. Carlos Giron-Reyes, 22, of Woodbridge, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties
  14. Eric Womack, 36, of Washinton D.C., charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  15. Jean Pardo Pesantes, 22, of Maryland, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  16. Jose Mejia Carabantes, 36, of Fairfax, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  17. Nelson Sosa Grande, 38, of Fairfax, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  18. Xavier Jackson, 24, of Springfield, charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  19. Alfonso Diaz-Martinez, 36, of Sterling, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  20. Concepcion Gonzalez, 38, of Reston, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  21. Japher Flores Arriaza, 20, of Fairfax, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  22. Kumar Bhandari, 37, of Annandale, was charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  23. Nelson Diaz Ramos, 32, of Annandale, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  24. Tod Rehm, 74, of Fairfax, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  25. Adam Wheeling, 26, of Haymarket, was charged with four counts of solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  26. Christopher Barnard, 27, of Burke, was charged with solicitation of a minor and soliciting a minor for prostitution.
  27. James Rosenberger, 28, of Warrenton, was charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  28. Kirrolos Guirguis, 25, of Herndon, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  29. Naga Bollina, 42, of Ashburn, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.
  30. Thomas Kuglin, 39, of Chantilly, was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted indecent liberties.