Captain Monica Alexander
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*** For Immediate Release***

Date: September 20, 2016
Contact: Kyle Moore
Phone: (360) 596-4013
E-mail: Kyle.Moore@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wastatepatrol


21 Arrested in Thurston County Child Sex Abuse Sting

Olympia -- The Washington State Patrol's (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), arrested 20 males and one female during a multi-day operation that targeted individuals who wanted to sexually exploit children.

"It's vital we take these child predators off the streets and keep our children safe," says Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste. "Through collaboration with our partners, we are making the internet safer for kids and are also able to protect the most vulnerable community members from abuse."

"Law Enforcement Officers acting in an undercover capacity, communicated on the internet through various websites with individuals interested in the sexual exploitation of children. The operation generated hundreds of responses. The would-be perpetrators arrested agreed to travel to meet with undercover detectives posing as young girls and boys to engage in sexual activity with them.

"The significant investigative, surveillance and computer forensics support from our Homeland Security Investigations special agents proves that we leave no stone unturned when it comes to removing these predators from our communities" said Steve Cagen, acting special agent in charge of HSI Seattle. "The staggering number of arrests achieved through interagency cooperation are a testament to our combined passion to prevent future harm to innocent children."

As a result of the operation, detectives were able to rescue four children who were at risk of being abused.

Arrestees

Arrested For

1. Leslie Joe Vopat Probable cause of commercial sexual abuse of a minor and attempted rape of a child in the second degree.
2. John Stephen Moore Probable cause of commercial sexual abuse of a minor and attempted rape of a child in the second degree.
3. Michael Paul Haxton

Probable cause for attempted rape of a child in the first degree and attempted rape of a child in the second degree.

4. Steve Wayne Wolsieffer Probable cause for attempted rape of a child in the first degree, communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
5. Adam Joseph Persell

Probably cause for attempted rape of a child in the first degree - 2 counts, and attempted rape of a child in the second degree.

6. Ezra Danilo Wright

Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the first degree.

7. Arthur David Fowler Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the second degree.
8. Dale Maurice Olea Probable cause for attempted rape of a child in the third degree.
9. Nathan Bill Wiggs Probable cause for attempted rape of a child in the first degree.
10. Joseph Michael Schonek

Probable cause for attempted rape of a child in the first degree, attempted rape of a child in the second degree and unlawful possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

11. Nathan Ahman Vahanian Probable cause of attempted rape of child in the first degree-2 counts, and possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
12. Jennifer Graen

Grays Harbor case - She's being held on $150,000 for dealing in depictions, possession of depictions and sexual exploitation of a minor.

13. Antaeus Laurent Clark

Probable cause for attempted rape of a child in the first degree, attempted rape of a child in the second degree and commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

14. Troy Eugene Dubes

Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the first degree, attempted rape of a child in the second degree, and commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

15. Bryant Earle Glant Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the first degree -2 counts.
16. Kyle Jackson

Probable cause of attempted rape of a child first degree and attempted rape of a child second degree.

17. Douglas D Pressley

Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the first degree- 2counts and attempted rape of a child in the second degree.

18. Daniel John Masters Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the first degree.
19. Gabriel Augusto Garcia Probable cause of attempted rape of a child in the first degree, and attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
20. Michael Sifre

Apprehension of soldier, Army CID.

21. Kris K. Bennett

Arrested for attempt of rape of a child first  degree and attempt rape of a child second degree.


The success of this operation was a collaborative effort involving the following agencies:

Washington State Patrol - MECTF
Investigative Assistance Division
PO Box 2347
Olympia, WA 98507-2347
Phone: (360) 704-2410
Fax: (360 704-2973
MECTF@wsp.wa.gov
Missing and Exploited Children Task Force Donate

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
www.ncmec.org

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