43 arrested, cited for drugs, weapons, crimes against children by HSI Phoenix and partnered agencies


43 arrested, cited for drugs, weapons, crimes against children by HSI Phoenix and partnered agencies

By U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – On Tuesday, results from an undercover operation dubbed “Spring Fling” aimed at targeting alleged sexual predators was announced by local law enforcement in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

HSI joined the Scottsdale Police Department Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEaT) Unit along with Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Surprise Police Departments along with Arizona State University Police Department for Operation Spring Fling.

This was an undercover operation targeting the demand for commercial sex, sex buyers, and human trafficking, which led to 43 arrests for crimes including child sex trafficking, prostitution, drug charges, and misconduct involving weapons. The focus was on hotel prostitution and street prostitution enforcement. The suspects allegedly solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.

The following suspects solicited various sex acts and were arrested:





Anthony Gomez Jr31ASU PD DR 22-1760Prostitution
Robert Duran43Mesa PD GO 22-104339Prostitution
Ronaldo Woodson26Mesa PD GO 22-104409Prostitution
Christopher Lull39Mesa PD GO 22-105135Prostitution x 2
Kinur Amador44Mesa PD GO 22-105724Prostitution
Jacinto Gamez Mendoza48Mesa PD GO 22-105789Prostitution
Temeni Brewster32Mesa PD GO 22-103374Prostitution
Dominique Franks55Mesa PD GO 22-103505Prostitution
Rushik Desai24Mesa PD GO 22-103565Prostitution
Kyle Church37Mesa PD GO 22-10491Prostitution
Motjaba Khanzandedaghalian32Mesa PD GO 22-104939Prostitution
Tariq Saleem34Mesa PD GO 22-105835Prostitution
Pruthvi Tatikonda37Mesa PD GO 22-105901Prostitution
Robert Farinas36Mesa PD GO 22-105855Prostitution
Michael Santangelo53SPD DR 22-10337Prostitution
Neil Dickens51SPD DR 22-10409Prostitution
Jose Manuel Berumen Abril57SPD DR 22-10415Prostitution, POND
Marco Valles53SPD DR 22-10489Child Sex Trafficking
Trinidad Gil25SPD DR 22-10346Prostitution
Martin Mendez56SPD DR 22-10468Prostitution
Salvador Acosta35SPD DR 22-10472Prostitution
Joshua Burns32SPD DR 22-10356Prostitution
Jose Luis Davila21SPD DR 22-10350Prostitution
Daniel Aceves28SPD DR 22-10407Prostitution
Noel McBurnett57SPD DR 22-10264Prostitution, Misconduct Involving Weapons, PODD, PODP
Rafael Gonzalez19SPD DR 22-10414Prostitution
Geoffrey Dada40SPD DR 22-10351Prostitution
Bruce Sharp40SPD DR 22-10263Prostitution
Ryan Klinger46SPD DR 22-10408Prostitution, PODD, PODP
Jason Kuns52SPD DR 22-10412Prostitution, PODD, PODP
Roman Janowiak47SPD DR 22-10273Prostitution, Misdemeanor Warrant
Gilbert Brown57SPD DR 22-10339Prostitution
Robert Richey42SPD DR 22-10396Prostitution
Christopher Lara48SPD DR 22-10495Prostitution, Felony Warrant (Child Sex Trafficking)
Michael Boyle47TPD GO 22-53387Prostitution
Jayasankar Dhoolipala34TPD GO 22-53727Prostitution
Robert Arthur36TPD GO 22-54174Prostitution
Joseph Valva40TPD GO 22-52983Prostitution, PODD, PODP, Felony Warrant
Martin Quiroz Islas55TPD GO 22-53418Prostitution
Carlos Oltehua-Asencion39TPD GO 22-53761Prostitution
Christopher Frank54TPD GO 22-53741Prostitution
James England47TPD GO 22-53764Prostitution
Tuan Tran46TPD GO 22-53804Prostitution

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

HSI also encourages the public to report suspected sex trafficking or any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE, or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial (802) 872-6199. Hearing impaired users may call TTY (802) 872-6196.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.