The investigation focused on persons engaging in sexually explicit conversations with certified police officers posing as juveniles.
Chief Dean Bliss said the following men were charged last week with importuning and attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor, both fifth degree felonies: Christopher Beier, 33, of Fremont. Javante Tate, 22, of Toledo.
Ryan W. Smith, 42, of Perrysburg.
Michael Edwards, 24, of Reynoldsburg. Joshua Vancleve, 35, of Toledo. Corwin Zoeller, 37, of Tiffin.
Justin Keller, 29, of Toledo. Kyle Beck, 30, of Maumee.
Allen Pedigo, 29, of Toledo. Terrance McCain, 35, of Sandusky. According to a Fremont Police Department report, one suspect, Tate, brought cherry Coke and cherry Twizzlers with him to give to what he believed was a year-old girl living in Fremont.
More law enforcement news Man tells police girlfriend assaulted him, so he hid in bedroom Fremont man charged with assaulting woman, threatening to kill her son Man involved in burglary brawl sentenced to eight months During the police interview, Tate stated he was not going to have sex with the year-old girl and that he wanted to hang out with her to "tell her about the problems in his life.
During the conversation, the undercover officer informed Smith that he was 15 years old and pictures were exchanged between the two that only showed faces. Bliss said the department had planned to work with the other agencies Women seeking nsa Burlison Tennessee earlier this year on a similar investigation, but were stymied by the COVID pandemic.
The chief said last week's sting took place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Bliss said Sandusky county Sheriff Chris Hilton and Prosecutor Beth Tischler had given the green light to continue investigating and arresting predators that were trying to meet up with areren.