‘Cyber Gardian’ child sex crime sting results in 21 arrests
A joint effort titled Operation Cyber Guardian was conducted for seven days in Cape Coral resulting in the arrest of 21 people who are charged with online sex crimes targeting children.
Six more arrests are pending, Cape Coral Detective Sgt. Dana Coston said Tuesday at a press conference at Cape Coral Police Department. Interim Police Chief Dave Newlan joined Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott in laying out the details.
Using a house in southwest Cape Coral, the sting operation ran June 13-19 between 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. each day. Authorities used online chats to draw the suspects expecting to engage in sex acts with minors, but were apprehended at the location instead.
Those arrested are charged with two counts of obscene communication for (1) using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child and (2) traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child. Two people taken in custody are registered sex offenders and one a registered sexual predator.
Coston said one suspect came to the Cape location from Port St. Lucie, another from Sarasota, and a third rode a bicycle all the way from North Port to be taken into custody.
Sheriff Scott said, “The cyber world knows no boundaries. If a community anywhere in the USA thinks they’re immune to this, they’re not. As you heard, one individual traveled all the way from North Port on a bicycle, in sporadic rain, at times stopping to ask directions. He was so committed to coming and having sex with an underage child. It shows the level and the depth of their perversion.”
Agencies involved in Operation Cyber Guardian included Cape PD, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Immigration Customs Enforcement, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the State Attorney’s Office.
One suspect faces an added charge of drug possession, one a marijuana possession charge, one faces a violation of probation charge and still another is charged with child cruelty for transmitting harmful info to minors.
Five charged reside in Cape Coral, five in Fort Myers, four in Lehigh Acres, two in North Fort Myers and one in Naples.
“For all the offenders out there, let it be known that we are not going to tolerate this in Southwest Florida,” added Scott.
Authorities said followup information will be released when it becomes available.
Those apprehended are:
Richard Brown, 33, Lehigh Acres (sex offender)
Richard Desrosiers, 23, North Fort Myers
Michael Drew, 44, Cape Coral
Douglas Fedderson, 66,
Dominique Felicetti, 28, Cape Coral
Fabian Grajales, 52, Lehigh Acres
Jorge Gonzalez-Benavides, 26, Fort Myers
Roger Gregory, 36, Lehigh Acres
Rodolfo Hernandez, 33, Cape Coral
Travis Holcomb, 26, Naples
Michael Hoyman, 23, Port St. Lucie
Franklin Klein, 72, Sarasota
Sergei Korneev, 46, Cape Coral
Trent Lochridge, 26, Fort Myers
John McEnroe IV, 22, Cape Coral
Kyle Narring, 22, North Port
Paul Newport, 48, North Fort Myers
Nilson Orozco, 19, Lehigh Acres
Samuel Ribel, 48, Fort Myers (sex offender)
Bradley Vetter, 72, Fort Myers (sexual predator)
Ian Wagoner, 25, Fort Myers