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Hillsborough sting nets 15 arrests on child-sex charges

A weekend multi-agency sex sting has resulted in the arrests of 15 men on child sex charges in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

In a news release, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday said the five-day operation — called Operation e-Guardian — targeted child predators.

Using social media sites and online chat rooms, undercover agents communicated with the men, who believed they were talking with a child. They drove to a specific location to have sex with whom they thought was an underage boy or girl, the FDLE said.

“Sadly, sexual predators will use any means available to them, including the Internet, to lure children in order to exploit them,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said. “This operation was a great multi-agency collaboration that has brought down 15 child predators. My office has developed an online safety tip sheet for parents and kids, and I encourage Floridians to visit MyFloridaLegal.com and follow the human trafficking pages to download this information.”

Special agents arrested 15 suspects from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota and Palm Beach counties:

Trinton Andre Jones, 23, of Riverview

Jeffrey Bryan Willey, 53, of Riverview

Robert John Frank, 45, of Zephyrhills

Jason Randall Miles, 46, of Tampa

Ocnel Blanc, 28, of Temple Terrace

Michael William Murphy, 23, of Sarasota

Daniel R. Anderson, 37, of Tampa

Clay Lee Johnson, 25, of Thonotosassa

Clay Lee Reddick, 28, of Winter Haven

Mark Anthony Thompson, 23, of Riverview

Samuel David Ramirez, 23, of Ruskin

Bryan Lee La Clair, 51, of Bartow

Jose Ramon Alvarez III, 23, of Wellington

Branden Robert Sarno, 23, of Palm Harbor

David R. Yoder, 68, of Dade City

The operation included law enforcement officials with FDLE, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Statewide Prosecution and the State Attorney’s Office, 13th Judicial Circuit.

“Operation e-Guardian is prime example of the force-multiplier of law enforcement partnerships. All involved are to be commended,” FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said.

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