40 arrested in online child sex sting
LCSO heads up Operation Spider Web.
LEE COUNTY — Editor's Note: The name of one of the men arrested in this sting has been removed since it was originally posted after a jury found him not guilty of the crime
Forty men, including a schoolteacher, a U.S. Army soldier and a pizza shop owner, were arrested last week, accused of soliciting children for sex online in Lee County.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office headed up Operation Spider Web, which enlisted help from the FBI, the state attorney’s office, Cape Coral police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The men arrested ranged in age from 18 to 58, Sheriff Mike Scott said. All came to a location where they agreed to meet a child for sex, he said.
Around Halloween “typically we expect monsters and scary, creepy people to be lurking around the community,” Scott said. “We came into contact with real monsters and real scary, creepy people.”
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office posed online as boys and girls usually around 14 or 15, though sometimes they posed as children as young as 11, according to arrest reports. Several of those arrested made their arrangements on Craigslist.
“These are monsters, they’re sick creepy animals and they’re in jail where they belong,” the sheriff said.
Scott said the operation, which ran from Oct. 22 to Oct. 28, was arranged out of necessity.
“As long as there is a supply of these creeps, there will be a demand for law enforcement,” he said. “We want these people looking over their shoulder.”
Among those arrested were Christopher John Chepelevich, 43, a teacher at North Nicholas High School in Cape Coral; Daniel Luis Villanueva, 24, a Fort Myers resident active in the Army; and Alain Guevara, 28, the owner of Kongo’s Pizza in Lehigh Acres.
Two Collier County men — Luis Anibal Montalvan Pagoada, 24, of Golden Gate, and Mark George Clark, 37, who is reported to be homeless — also were arrested.
Scott said parents should know what their children are doing and who they are talking to online.
“If this doesn’t serve as a notice that (leaving them unattended) might be ill advised, I don’t know what does,” he said. “I urge parents to love your kids because if you don’t, someone else will. These people are out there, they’re real and I shudder to think about how many may have gotten away with this in the past or continue to do it.”
The following have been charged in connection with Operation SPIDERWEB:
• Shawn Michael Strickler, age 28, from Fort Myers
• Scott Anthony Owen, age 19, from Tampa
• Alain Guevara, age 28, from Lehigh Acres
• Eric Wade Osborn, age 21, from Cape Coral
• Zachary Robert Vaughan, age 23, from Greenville, SC
• Zachary Michael Crane, age 20, from Fort Myers
• James Richard Jensen, age 31, from Fort Myers
• Douglas Allen Sund, age 50, from Fort Myers
• Dustin Michael England, age 24, from North Port
• Robert Zachary Thomas, age 21, from Fort Myers
• Luis Anibal Montalvan Pagoada, age 24, from Naples
• Christoper John Chepelevich, age 43, Cape Coral
• Donald Douglas Markmiller, age 39, from Bradenton
• Dustin Michael Lohr, age 31, from Fort Myers
• Daniel Cuevas-Medrano, age 24, from Coral Springs
• Mark Andrew Mongelut Jr., age 22, from Punta Gorda
• Carlos Anier Santoveina, age 27, from Lehigh Acres
• Jacob Thomas Duvall, age 19, from Neptune Beach
• Isaiah Matthew Jones, age 23, from Lehigh Acres
• Jarred Ryan Stuermer, age 21, from Sarasota
• Jordon Scott Peters, age 18, from Lehigh Acres
• Matthew James Drake, age 24, from Cape Coral
• Javon Eugene Safford, age 21, from Fort Myers
• Eugene Martinez, age 27, from North Fort Myers
• Vincent Lamar Williams Jr., age 21, from Lehigh Acres
• Kelsey Lamonte Thompson, age 36, from Cape Coral
• Daniel Luis Villanueva, age 24, from Fort Myers
• Gary Russell Sandt, age 51, from Cape Coral
• Gary Alan Hall, age 58, from Cape Coral
• Michael Allen Miner, age 24, from Sarasota
• John Woen-That Yang, age 22, from Fort Myers
• Roderic Eugene Pulley, age 22, from Fort Myers
• Darin Charles Leishure, age 42, from Lehigh Acres
• Harley Thomas Brien, age 20, from Fort Myers
• Michael Vincent Sansone, age 39, from Cape Coral
• Tybias Deshawn Dickerson, age 31, from Fort Myers
• William Ross Nockengost Jr., age 42, from Cape Coral
• Martin Rodolfo Gallardo-Fernandez, age 35, from Fort Myers
• Mark George Clark, age 37, from Naples