One-day sex sting nets 14 arrests in Liberty Township
Fourteen men were arrested Sunday in Liberty Township as a part of a single-day sting operation aimed at stopping the sale of sex on the internet.
Each of the men arrested are charged with soliciting and possessing criminal tools, both misdemeanors.
The men arrested are:
Willie Daniels Jr., 37, Youngstown
Saad Elamin, 43, Campbell
Omar Farooq, 37, Hermitage, PA
Thomas Hendricks, 66, Salem
Ryan Kirkpatrick, 26, residence unknown
Harry Krause, 63, Youngstown
Matthew Lennington, 28, Cortland
James Lohmier, 38, Boardman
Nick Mymo, 37, Niles
Brian O'Nora, 57, Austintown
David Shaffer, 46, Mineral Ridge
William Shaw Sr., 58, Moyock, NC
Brian Van Divner, 54, New Franklin
Johnny Young, 55, Youngstown
Liberty police led the investigation with the assistance of Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force and the Attorney General's Organized Crime Investigations Commission.
Attorney General Dave Yost said in a news release these kinds of operations targeting sex customers, or "johns," are important to the state's efforts to fight human trafficking.
"John stings deter those seeking to purchase sex, reducing the demand for human trafficking, and serve as a reminder that these crimes are more prevalent and closer to home than you may think," Yost said in the release.
One of the men arrested, 57-year-old Bian O'Nora of Austintown, has been a Major League Baseball umpire since 2000 and worked the 2019 All Star game in Cleveland.