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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

Man Wanted In Connection With December Drug Bust & February Incident in Molina Arrested #GVCopBeat

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Matthew Stauter is taken into custody

Matthew Ryan Stauter, the final outstanding suspect wanted in connection to the December drug bust by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF) and the man who ran from deputies in Molina and tried to steal a car earlier this month is now in custody.

Late this afternoon, a combined effort involving the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, with assistance from the DTF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management, led us to Stauter’s girlfriend, Taelor Oropeza, who was in the parking lot of 1000 N. 9th St.  Oropeza also had a warrant for her arrest in connection to the DTF drug bust in December.  She confirmed Stauter was in a bottom floor business at that address.

Officers and deputies from the agencies listed above surrounded the building, evacuated people from the other units in the building, and began calling for Stauter to come out, which he did without incident.  The entire operation lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.

Oropeza was arrested on multiple warrants, as was the woman in the vehicle with her, 30-year-old Melissa Pruitt.  Pruitt is being charged with accessory to a felony crime for helping Stauter and Oropeza avoid capture.

Previously released information on the DTF drug bust

Previously released information on the February Molina incident

 

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Matthew Stauter
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Taeler Oropeza Previous Booking Photo
Taeler Oropeza
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