21 men arrested in undercover child sex sting in GA

Posted at 6:06 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 08:23:47-05

Twenty-one men were arrested for allegedly arranging to have sex with a child in Brookhaven, GA, on Super Bowl Sunday.

According to 11Alive, the GBI task force announced that after an undercover sting that lasted five days, they have arrested 21 men ranging from ages 20-55.

The men also work in a variety of fields from rideshare drivers to construction and grocery clerks. According to authorities, some of the men were arrested for having illegal drugs on them.

Only one person was arrested and charged with human trafficking due to allegedly arranging to pay money for sex with a child through a website.

According to a release, media campaigns around human trafficking awareness ahead of the Super Bowl in Atlanta could have been responsible for the decrease in these types of solicitations.

Members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used dating apps to identify 20 suspects who said they were willing to have sex with children.

The task force said that some of the suspects were interacting with investigators posing as children. Investigators also said that some of the suspects would sext them, and ask for nudes.

The Brookhaven Police Department posted a message to potential offenders:

“Our message is simple: if you think you’re coming to Brookhaven to meet a child for sex, you’re likely to find us instead. This behavior will never be tolerated here.” 

Here are the 21 suspects who were charged and arrested:

  • Nicholas Alexander Bowen, B/M, Chamblee, GA, 29, ride sharing and delivery driver 
  • Thomas Cheung, A/M, Alpharetta, GA, 32, gaming studio employee
  • Jeshua Elijah Collins, B/M, Suwannee, GA, 22, deli clerk
  • James Tunde Fadeyi, B/M Lithonia, GA 55, unemployed
  • Walter Gonzalez-Amaya, H/M, Norcross, GA, 22, maintenance worker
  • Larry Allen Gordon, B/M, Hampton, GA, 31, fast food restaurant employee
  • Zachary Tye Gourdine, B/M, Conley, GA, 28, crane operator
  • Dylan Michael Graham, W/M, Silver Creek, GA, 27, elevator mechanic
  • Richard Jason Hyder, W/M, Elizabethton, TN, 41, asphalt grinding contractor
  • Mitchell Allen Kennedy, W/M, Brooklyn, NY, 24, software company creative assistant 
  • Raheem Lalani, W/M, Birmingham, AL, 26, unemployed
  • Marco A. Mendoza-Escalante, H/M, Riverdale, GA, 20, paving technician
  • Darwin Menjivar-Fernandez, H/M, Powder Springs, GA, 22, restaurant server
  • Juan Valencia-Patino, H/M, Jesup, GA, 22, student
  • Juan Manuel Sanchez, H/M, Woodstock, GA, 25, automobile mechanic
  • Junior Cornelius Timoteus, H/M, Atlanta, GA 25, restaurant server
  • Oscar Ramirez, H/M, Atlanta, GA, 39, construction worker
  • Dylan Golding Whynot, W/M, Kennesaw, GA, 32, behavioral health case manager
  • Kyle A. Williams, B/M, Stone Mountain, GA, 32, warehouse employee
  • Robert Tyler Wilson, B/M, Canton, GA, 31, automotive service technician
  • Tarno M. Walters, B/M, Lawrenceville, GA, 22, grocery store employee

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