MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Mesa police say a Mountain Ridge high school football coach and a child care worker in Paradise Valley were among 17 suspects arrested in a child sex crimes sting.

The Mesa Police Department recently partnered with the Tempe Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Attorney General's Office for Operation "No Mulligans," an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking.

Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts.

Police say the suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.

The Mesa Police Department routinely conducts operations of this type in a continuous effort to reduce the demand that fuels child and human sex trafficking from our community.

The suspects in this operation ranged in age from 23 to 46 years old.

Here are the suspects and charges they face:

-Horacio Mendoza - Attempted sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated luring and furnishing harmful materials

-Mico Cano - Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Matthew Arnold - Money laundering, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and child sex trafficking

-Stuart Ziegler - Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Jonathan Equire-Mendivil - Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Christopher Nuttall -Luring, attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Vincent Ciliberti - Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Ernest Renteria -Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Ricardo Medina - Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Michael Richards - Aggravated luring and furnishing harmful materials to a minor

-Lorenzo Ramirez -Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Raymond Hammers - Luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Charles Shumway - Aggravated luring and furnishing harmful materials to a minor

-Brandon Wycoff - Aggravated luring and attempted sexual conduct with a minor

-Mario Remigio - Luring

-Michael Walker - Luring, furnishing harmful materials to a minor and attempted sexual conduct

-Kenneth Nelson - Attempted child sex trafficking, attempted sexual conduct with a minor

One of those arrested in the sting was Mico Cano. He was a Community Education employee in the Paradise Valley School District. He worked as a supervisor in the before-and-after-school child care program at Copper Canyon Elementary School in Scottsdale.

[RELATED: Paradise Valley child care worker accused of attempted sexual contact with minor]

Another of those arrested was the head football coach at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Vincent Ciliberti, 35.

Ciliberti was arrested on suspicion of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, according to jail booking records and public court documents.

[RELATED: Mountain Ridge High School coach accused of luring child for sex released from jail]

 


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(6) comments

cactusgurl

how do we know that they won't do anything to minors again? I know for a fact that at least one person was released. His name is Stuart Ziegler. Very scary for our children that there are sexual predators free on the loose. Free to continue doing what they were doing before. There should be a follow up story/investigation on all those involved who are out of jail with no punishment. Neighbors and surrounding communities should be made aware….

Shredder

What is wrong with people? Are there not enough willing adults around with whom to have sex?

Doogie

Michael Richards? Isnt that Cosmo Kramer?

trsalemme

Umm oopsies. You NEVER really know about people.

JF Conlon

That is a sad truth. Also noted, no facial tattoos. Can't tell tell good from bad at first glance (or from last names, degree of education, uniforms, or . . . ?)

nuusmaan

This is nauseous. If guilty, glad that they were apprehended.

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