9 men arrested in child sex sting, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says

Former officer linked to undercover child sex sting operation in St. Johns County

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of nine men in a child sex sting that was orchestrated by St. Johns County undercover detectives.

The undercover detectives posed as children online and arranged meetings with unknown individuals in St. Johns County.

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Nine individuals traveled in an attempt to solicit children and were arrested, according to the Sheriff's Office.

All of the suspects arrested are between the ages of 18 and 34. Three of the suspects arrested were from Duval County, one from St. Johns County, one from Alachua County, one from Clay County, one from Flagler County, one from McChord, Washington and one from South Gate, California.

All nine of the following suspects are facing felony charges:

  • Clarence Bernard Thomas, 28, from Jacksonville.
  • Orion Kade Healy, 19, from Palm Coast.
  • Michael Edward Beck II, 21, from Jacksonville.
  • Raymond Edward Wygant, 25, from McChord, Washington.
  • Ethan Nathaniel Persson, 18, from St. Augustine.
  • Ernie Mendoza Aleman, 31, from South Gate, California.
  • Matthew Bernard Browne, 28, from Gainesville.
  • Jhony Antonio Chacon-Montiel, 34, from Jacksonville.
  • Joshua Ryan Blankenship, 28, from Green Cove Springs.


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