ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office announced 15 arrests Wednesday morning following a cyber crime sting.
St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar, along with participating agencies in the North Florida Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, provided details on the undercover operation.
The operation involved undercover detectives posing as juveniles or parents online to arrange for suspects to meet with them at an undercover house, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
Between March 13 and March 17, 15 suspects allegedly solicited a parent or child online. The suspects also allegedly traveled to the home for sexual activity with children between the ages of 13 and 14. As the suspects arrived, they were taken into custody, the release detailed.
The suspects allegedly traveled from South Georgia, Alachua , Duval, Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.
The following suspects have been named in the investigation:
- Anthony Roski
- Christopher Holt
- Edward Myers
- Eric Westervelt
- George Lambing
- John Oyler
- Michael Baggott, Rincon, GA
- Michael Mills
- Nicholas Stanley, Port Orange, FL
- Rajiv Rathod
- Richard Copeland, St. Augustine, FL
- Richard Holubek, Orange Park, FL
- Vincent Yedynak, Ormond Beach, FL
- Vyacheslav Azarov, Palm Coast, FL
- William Smith, Port Wentworth, GA
The suspects range in age from 19 to 49 years-old and are all facing felony charges, according to the SJCSO.
Among the professions of the suspects in custody, one was a St. Johns County School bus driver, a Navy enlisted man, a criminal justice student and store clerks.
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