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Three juvenile prostitutes rescued in joint Oklahoma City police-FBI sting

Oklahoma City police arrested 60 people in a weeklong effort targeting underage prostitution and human trafficking.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: July 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013

Oklahoma City police said Monday they arrested 60 people and recovered three juveniles in the past week as part of a nationwide operation with the FBI aimed at underage sex trafficking.

Operation Cross Country was a national FBI initiative targeting underage prostitution in 76 cities. In all, 105 children were recovered in cities such as San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver and New Orleans.

Although the effort specifically targeted underage prostitutes, most of those arrested in Oklahoma City were adult prostitutes, pimps and johns.

Two women arrested at the same time as a 16-year-old prostitute were being held on human trafficking complaints. Two 17-year-old prostitutes also were recovered.

The rest of those arrested were held on complaints including prostitution, aiding in prostitution, offering to engage in prostitution, drug crimes and crimes involving the use of computers to engage in prostitution.

Oklahoma City had a high number of arrests compared to many of the other cities involved in the sting, FBI Special Agent Gary Johnson said.

“I don't think we have a problem greater than other cities of our size,” Johnson said. “We and our partners with the Oklahoma City police were very aggressive in leaving no stone unturned.”

The Oklahoma City vice squad prepared for the sweep for weeks, arranging to meet with prostitutes by phone, the Internet and on the streets, said Lt. Doug Kimberlin, head of the vice unit.

“You are going to see a reduced presence for a while because we put a lot of people in jail over the last week,” Kimberlin said.

Sad stories

Sex trafficking brings to mind the movie “Taken,” with European gangsters kidnapping underage girls and forcing them into sex work.

While that kind of crime can happen, Johnson said most of the underage prostitutes on the street fell in with bad crowds before getting involved with a pimp.

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Operation Cross Country arrests

List of those arrested in Oklahoma City as part of Operation Cross Country and the complaints for which they were arrested:

Aiding in prostitution/pimping

Michael Chris Pruitt, 59

Bryan D. Anderson, 35

Philip Bush Gatson, 22

Albert K. Brown, 39

Christopher Jamal Mathews, 22

Ronald Harold Jay Jr., 37

Steven Lois Rainer, 30

Rodney Benard Hines II, 23

Marco Seville Johnson, 33

Jervon Ray Lucas, 37

Prostitution

Sheryl Ann Young, 47

Lawanda Monique Carolina, 31

Jenifer Leona James, 35

Michelle Denise Simpkins, 53

Kemala Gail Brown, 51

Julie Lynn Brown, 45

Jerrica Nicole Cherry, 26

Ashlee Humphrey, 24

Kristian R. Gers, 18

Kayla M. Conley, 22

Summer Rain Leyba, 19

Taylyn Alyssa Walker, 21

Tamara Michelle Goodgame, 32

Ashley Ann Darling, 29

Brooke E. Jackson, 31

Kayla Lynn Allen-Tart, 24

Jasmine Bender, 23

Elasha Jones, 23

Sierra Walker, 21

Krystal DeeAnn Fischer, 31

Brenda Lynette Johns, 47

Ranicka S. Graves, 22

Cyneka C. Ingram, 29

Justine M. Rigby, 25

Trenda R. Caviness, 23

Chelsey Renee Morrison, 20

Shanta Monique Hatcher, 23

Shenikka Leshay Jones, 23

Lauren Regina King, 25

Mindy Leamber Cottier, 25

Rachel Lynn Raymond, 20

Kayla Marie Carter, 24

Sara Saechao, 20

Brooke E. Jackson, 31

Defauhn Foster, 20

Alaina Paige Lamecker, 23

16-year-old female

17-year-old female

17-year-old female

Offering to engage in an act of prostitution

Arturo Villalobos, 46

Alfredo Figueroa-Acevado, 22

Rene Rangel, 48

Manuel Gonzales, 39

Donald Jay Schmidt Jr., 29

Tburico Mendoza-Gullermo, 25

Rene Osorio, 34

Baltazar Guerrero-Vicente, 24

Gonzalez Edwin Lopez, 24

Calvin C. Hill, 34

Reyes Rodriguez, 29

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