Eighteen people were arrested after a multi-agency undercover sex solicitation investigation. In the two-day operation on June 28 and 29, nine agencies participated. According to documents filed in Clay County, Minnesota, Moorhead Police and other agencies placed advertisements on websites known to law enforcement as being used for the sale of sex. These included Back. Documents say, after posting theofficers posed as underage girls, communicating through text messages, s and phone calls.
Leroy Martin LaFrance, arrested in the sting, responded to an ad placed on Craigslist. The officer responded saying that if LaFrance brought the drugs, they would engage in sexual activity.
Billy Joe Huber, also arrested, responded on back. Breker responded he could be her grandfather and asked when she would be in Fargo. Officers said they were looking for someone to buy beer and Breker indicated he would. Dawda Jeng, another person arrested, also responded to a back.
Jeng, as court documents show, responded saying he wanted to play with both girls. Jeng asked how old, and the law enforcement officer responded with 15 and Benjamin Patrick Armstrong-Allason, according to court documents, was arrested after responding to a post on Whisper. They said the price was high because she was young. Armstrong-Allason asked how young, and officers responded with Michael David Douville, also arrested, responded on back.
Douville responded saying he was cool using a condom and asked for an address to meet up. Court documents show that each man was arrested when they arrived at a particular motel room given in the conversations with the undercover officer.
Law enforcement said they had over responses in the two-day operation. Chief Todd said they are overwhelmed with work. Deputy Chief Shannon Monroe with Moorhead Police said there are two detectives with his department who work on cases against children. He added they too have an overwhelming case load.
Deputy Chief Monroe said the men arrested in Moorhead have an age range of years old. Moorhead Police Detective Brad Pennis said that local, state and federal agencies are working in the F-M area to combat this issue. He said operations like the one undertaken here require a lot of manpower.
He said this particular sting had been planned for four months, and once kicked off, 25 officers and agents took part in Moorhead. Jason Nelson with Fargo Police said they got 18 predators off the street. He said most of those arrested were Fargo and West Fargo residents aged in the Cass County portion of the sting. A Level II sex offender was also arrested during the operation.
Chief David Todd said that this probably happens at every hotel in the F-M area. He added that some are willing to work with law enforcement and others are not. Fargo Police investigators said they have been investigating luring minors by computer for years and years and that there was a similar sting operation a year ago that netted few arrests.
Fargo Police are also asking for more personnel to combat this issue.
Detectives indicated this was probably the largest operation targeting underage sex trafficking in the area to date. Chief Todd said that the focus of law enforcement in this situation is to stop the victimization of children. He added that parents need to monitor what their kids are doing online and on mobile devices. He also said sometimes you have to be intrusive to keep your kids safe.
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