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9 men charged in Oak Ridge child sex sting

In response to this problem, Clark will be offering training to parents on the risks online that can occur through smart phones, computers and even gaming systems.
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 11:23 PM EDT
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Nine men have been charged in an Oak Ridge child sex sting.

According to the District Attorney General’s Office, the charges and arrests were the result of a two-day undercover investigation in Oak Ridge.

The operation, led by the Oak Ridge Police Department took place Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25, with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Unit, the 7th Judicial District Crime Task Force, the District Attorney’s Office and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a release, the operation was in response to “past instances of men from other areas soliciting sex from local minors online and coming to Oak Ridge to meet girls.”

“As part of the operation, decoy advertisements were placed online with a website known to be associated with commercial sex acts with minors. Arrests were made when men came to an Oak Ridge location to pay to have sex with minors. As a result of the operation, men were arrested and charged,” the release read.

The following men are being held in the Anderson County Detention Facility in connection to the investigation:

Juan N. Gomez-Luria, 42 of Knoxville: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act

Darron C. Hickman, 53 of Knoxville: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Alex E. Hickey, 55 of Jefferson City: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)

Jose W. Salguero-Alonzo, 35 of Maryvillee: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)

Michael J. Houck, 54 of Concord: Patronizing Prostitution (2 counts)

Joshua S. Wilson, 32 of Oak Ridge: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)

Michael J. Slover, 54 of Oak Ridge: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts), Sexual Battery

Joshua D. Winningham, 26 of Knoxville: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts), Soliciting Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (2 counts)

Jeremy R. Williams, 35 of Tellico Plains: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts)

“I am very proud of the initiative and leadership Oak Ridge Police showed in diagnosing and proactively addressing this recent problem and I am equally proud of the teamwork and can do attitude of the TBI, CTF and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office,” District Attorney General Dave Clark said.

Two adult women were also identified as potential victims of trafficking and offered help as part of the investigation.

In response to this problem, Clark will be offering training to parents on the risks online that can occur through smartphones, computers and even gaming systems.

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