Valentine's Day Sting

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2023

MCTXSheriff Completes Operation “Happy Valentine’s Day”

On February 21 and 22, 2023, members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit completed an operation regarding Human Trafficking and “Buyers of Illicit Sex” in the Southern Montgomery County area. As a result of this operation, seventeen male suspects were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution, a State Jail Felony in Texas.

The Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance is a multi-agency taskforce comprised of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement from the region with a shared mission to rescue victims of human trafficking and to stop people from engaging in activities that promote human trafficking. On September 1, 2021, Texas became the first state to make the crime of buying sex into a Felony with enhanced consequences. The Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance works diligently to enforce this law, sending a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of activity in our community in hopes that we will deter the demand, and rescue those who have been forced into trafficking.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Houston Police Department, and other members of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance participated in this operation.

Booking photos of Paolo Geronimo, Brhian Mathieu, Naeem Din, Oscar M Lopez, Christopher Neglia, Kaleb Nielsen, Wahlers Gastauer, Chance Walker, Christopher Barber, Luis Sanchez Tam, Chace Hawk, Miguel Cuin, Stevie Godfrey, Isaias Valdivia, Bryan Andrade, Barrington Gordon.

Information Source
Specialist Stephen Walker
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Services Division

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