Eleven people suspected of trying to engage in sexual activities with children in northern Colorado were arrested last week during an operation cracking down on exploitation, the Greeley Police Department announced Wednesday.
Operation Greeley Predators took place Friday and Saturday, coinciding with the increase in visitors during the Greeley Stampede, police said.
Greeley police along with Homeland Security investigations, the FBI, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Colorado State Patrol and Windsor Police Department were involved in the operation.
Police said the 11 suspects, all men, attempted to arrange sexual encounters with children after responding to online ads.
The 11 suspects have been identified by police as:
- Omar Faruk, 25, of Greeley
- Dean Forbes, 25, of Fort Morgan
- Gustavo Garza, 47, of Greeley
- Brian Homola, 43, of Loveland
- Khary Amin Harry King, 43, of Estes Park
- Gilberto Luxlux, 38, of Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Ryan Mannon, 42, of Greeley
- Sean McCarthy, 38, of Eldorado Springs
- Poe Reh, 35, of Greeley
- Brandon Salazar, 29, of Fort Collins
- Thor White, 34, of Greeley
Each man is facing charges of soliciting of a child prostitute and attempted sex assault on a child, police said. Additionally, Garza, Homola and White face charges of enticement of a child, according to a release from Greeley police. Each suspect will be tried in the 19th Judicial District Court.
Police called the operation was a success and encouraged parents to remind their children about the dangers of online predators.