LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A joint operation between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI led to 11 arrests on Dec. 8 and 9, 2020.
Operation Protect Our Children targeted online predators who attempted to meet and have sex with someone they believed was a 13-year-old girl.
Officers arrested 46-year-old Christopher Damron, 42-year-old Anthony Huth, 35-year-old Alejandro Aranda, 27-year-old Nicholas Lara, 55-year-old Miguel Amezquita, 45-year-old Jonathan Tavares, 40-year-old Samuel Privado-Martinez, 45-year-old Armand Grays, 36-yearold Kun Yoo, and 39-year-old Shawn Matthews.
Officers also arrested 29-year-old Tyler Yost, an assistant principal at a Clark County elementary school.
These suspects face various charges which include: Luring a Child to Engage in Sexual Conduct, Soliciting a Child for Prostitution, Attempted Sexual Assault Against a Child under 14, and Luring a Child With Use of Computer Technology to Engage in Sexual Conduct.
LVMPD would like to remind parents to discuss with their children the dangers of online chats with strangers. Parents are encouraged to routinely monitor their children’s activity on social media and other online applications to prevent them from becoming victims of a child sex predator.
This operation was conducted as part of the LVMPD’s ongoing effort to reduce violent crime and protect children in our community. Anyone who may have been a victim of any of these subjects or has information about their crimes is urged to contact the LVMPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force by phone at 702-828-3111. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.