Police: 20 people arrested for soliciting sex from minors online, social media in Chesterfield

20 arrested and charged on online chat operation

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Police say 20 people were arrested during a two-day operation for soliciting sex from minors online and through social media platforms.

According to the Chesterfield County Police Special Victims Detectives, the suspects arranged to meet with people they believed to be underage at a location to have sexual relations. Once the suspects came to the location, they were met and arrested by police.

“One of our main priorities at the police department in Chesterfield is protection of the vulnerable, and certainly our children,” explained Major Mike Louth. “Solicitation of minors like this falls into that vulnerable category and quite honestly nothing is more important.”

Police say the following suspects were arrested and charged:

  • Larry A. Brown, 40, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Joseph R. Ruffin, 51, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Jeffrey S. Harrell, 43, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • William M. Rhea, 28, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Gregorio Q. Curuchich, 27, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • James G. Bower III, 56, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Jonathan Ortiz Vitervo, 19, felony solicitation of prostitution
  • Michael K. Rawlings Jr., 38, felony solicitation of prostitution, use of a vehicle to promote prostitution, carrying a concealed weapon and firearm violation after involuntary commitment
  • Brian P. McTamaney, 38, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Sandeep K. Kichannagari, 30, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Jose Sanchez-Morales, 45, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Darryl D. Smith, 43, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Henry L. Raynor, 35, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • William A. Mustain, 68, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Luis A. Aguillon, 31, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Anthony B. Green, 32, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Abdul N. Ahmadi, 37, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Leonardo S. Salmaron, 30, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Keith M. Fletcher, 30, felony solicitation of prostitution and use of a vehicle to promote prostitution
  • Julian A. Jackson, 31, felony solicitation of prostitution, use of a vehicle to promote prostitution, carrying a concealed weapon (third offense), distribution of certain drugs to persons under 18, possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice

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“Be in touch and in tune with what your kids are doing, what they are viewing, whether it is the computer or phone, whatever is their app of choice is,”said Maj. Louth. “Be aware of what they are watching and who they are interacting with.”

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