Local Law Enforcement Makes Arrests in Recent National Child Exploitation Investigation #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Last week, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 135 cities across the country, took part in the ninth annual Operation Cross County.  This initiative, spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, targets the criminals responsible for the sex trafficking of children.

“We’re not playing around. If you’re caught hurting and trafficking our children, we’ll do everything we can with prosecutors to put you behind bars forever and take away your freedom,” says Thomas P. Ravenelle, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Denver Division.  “Thanks to prosecutors, the public gets the message loudly and clearly that trafficking our children won’t be tolerated. The law is going to throw the book at you. Our prosecutors have ensured that traffickers are getting life sentences for their abuse of children.  There is nothing more important to us than protecting children.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost national initiative, which began in 2003. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 children have been recovered from underage prostitution and prosecutors have obtained more than 2,000 convictions, including at least 15 that have resulted in life sentences. For additional information on Operation Cross Country IX, and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

The nationwide operation was conducted locally through the partnership of the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, Fruita Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, with noteworthy appreciation going to the Western Colorado Drug Task Force and both GJPD and MCSO Street Crimes Units.

Local law enforcement efforts accounted for: 1 recovered runaway juvenile, 5 predator johns arrested on felony charges and one adult arrested on drug related charges.

  • Christopher Fromm, 33, of Grand JunctionCHRISTOPHER FROMM DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Released on a $35,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Scott Meyers, 25, of FruitaSCOTT MEYERS DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Released on a $10,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Richard Medina, 54, of Grand JunctionRICHARD MEDINA DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
    • Human Trafficking (F2)
    • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4)
    • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF3)
    • Possession of Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF4)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
    • Multiple Active Warrants
      • Remains in custody on a $50,500 Cash Only Bond
  • Everett Pollock, 32, of CliftonEVERETT POLLOCK DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child–Previous Conviction (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Remains in custody on a $15,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Rene Johnson, 18, of FruitaRENE JOHNSON DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
      • Released on a $10,000 PR Bond
  • Bradley Slaughenhoupt, 52, of Grand JunctionBRADLEY SLAUGHENHOUPT MCSO PHOTO 101315
    • Possession of Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF4)
      • Released on a $5,000 PR Bond

8 thoughts on “Local Law Enforcement Makes Arrests in Recent National Child Exploitation Investigation #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

    Laurie Valencia said:
    October 14, 2015 at 6:59 am

    How much do we care about our children? Our Valley is full of sex offenders that served small sentences and some didn’t serve anything. Disgusting and sad!

    Carrie said:
    October 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    It’s disgusting to me how some of these guys got released on a PR bond! What are we saying to victims about their safety. What are we saying to the community about our kids safety.

      Sarah said:
      October 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Sick sick sick !!!!! I hope they get their members cut off 😠

      Jess said:
      October 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Really, maybe we should think about this as voters when it comes election time…the current DA and what Judge gave these men PR bonds?

    jim said:
    October 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    We should be just as upset about the da giving PR bonds as we are the ones that got cought. What does this say about them for putting them back on the streets without even a bondsmen to look after them. Thanks DA for protecting our children

    Alex said:
    October 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I went to high school with one of these guys. He was a swell guy real nice and easy going. Didn’t expect him to be caught up in this at all.

    adatechnos said:
    October 15, 2015 at 1:20 am

    woww..these are sick people

    jessie said:
    October 15, 2015 at 4:50 am

    YOUR SO WORRIED ABOUT THE KIDS?!?! Y have more then half these men been released then????

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