THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. – Authorities say 22 dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Thurston County were removed from the streets, after a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and several partner agencies.
Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 15th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate. Since the original operation in August 2015, MECTF has netted a total of 246 arrests and rescued more than 30 children across the state.
MECTF’s primary mission is to proactively target people involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet. “While the internet is a powerful tool for our nation, criminals using it to target our communities’ necessitates a need for this type of proactive investigations by our law enforcement troopers and partners in order to combat these horrible crimes,” says WSP Chief John R. Batiste.
“This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children and making communities safer,” adds Chief Batiste.
From February 15, 2019 to February 20, 2019, undercover law enforcement officers used various websites on the internet and phone apps to communicate with people interested in having sex with children. The operation generated hundreds of responses. Officials say the suspects who were arrested over the five day operation traveled to meet with the undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys with the intent to engage in sexual activity with children as young as six-years-old.
Primary crimes investigated are:
RCW 9A.44.073 – Rape of a child in the first degree – attempt
RCW 9A.44.076 – Rape of a child in the second degree – attempt
RCW 9.68A.100 – Commercial sexual abuse of a minor
RCW 9.68A.070 – Possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct
RCW 9.68A.050 – Dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct
RCW 9.68A.090 – Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
The names of the individuals arrested during the operation are:
Michael A. Brazielle, 22, Lacey, Washington
Jesse D. Jones, 41, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington
Juvenile, 17, Olympia, Washington
Daniel M. Kennedy, 27, Seattle, Washington
John D. Henderson, 38, Lacey, Washington
James E. Stillwell, 40, Tenino, Washington
Jason L. Koster, 25, Lacey, Washington
Regan F, Lane-Smith, 50, Tacoma, Washington
Robert L. Kelley, 52, Rochester, Washington
Greg E. Decker, 49, Graham, Washington
Charles A. Yates, 22, Olympia, Washington
Lamar A. Smith, 22, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington
Jonas M. Davis, 34, Tacoma, Washington
Jeffrey A. LeClair, 34, Fife, Washington
Todd L. Schock, 20, Olympia, Washington
William John Tyler Smith, 22, Transient
Joshua A. Garcia, 21, Olympia, Washington
John R. Greenfield, 41, Shelton, Washington
Raymond M. Suarez, 46, Youngtown, Arizona
Curtis Pouncy, 59, Aberdeen, Washington
Jason P. D. Boozer, 35, Lacey, Washington
Quenton Parker, 31, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington
Anyone with information related to the suspects listed, or information leading to the identity of victims potentially involved in these cases please contact MECTF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The collaborative effort involving more than 70 law enforcement officers, agents, and staff led to the success of this operation.