9 men arrested in child sex sting operation

They face charges of luring a minor, online sex corruption of a child and encouraging child sex

Booking photos of 9 men arrested in a child exploitation sting from left to right: Top -- Nathan Jump, Patrick Lovato, Ryan Vanderzande; Middle: Vincent Rundo, Mahoney McKeon, Kyle Johnson; Bottom -- Douglas Hewitt, David Duvall, Shawn Richardson

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nine men were arrested during a sting operation orchestrated by the Inter-Agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team on in Clackamas County Nov. 17-19.

The “Operation Kidsafe” involved specially trained law enforcement professionals posing as minors to set up meeting with adults allegedly seeking sex. When the men arrived at the meeting place, they were greeted by law enforcement officers.

A behind the scenes look at Operation Kidsafe from the Inter-Agency child Exploitation Prevention Team. (Clackamas County Sheriff's office)
A behind the scenes look at Operation Kidsafe from the Inter-Agency child Exploitation Prevention Team. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s office)

“We’re holding them accountable for really trying to solicit kids in our community, which to me is just appalling,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said.

The 9 men arrested range in age from 21 to 66 and face charges including luring a minor, online sex corruption of a child and encouraging child sex.

Operations like this take a lot of personnel and time to get just right and make sure the cases and arrests are solid.

“It’s really staff intensive, very expensive to run these kinds of operations,” Roberts said. “I just don’t pull a deputy off the street and say ‘Hey I want you to get online and chat?'”

The professionals pose as children under the age of 14 were contacted by the 9 suspects who were looking for sex through apps like Kik, Snapchat, Musical.ly and others.

“Check your kids’ phones and make sure those types of apps aren’t on their phones and really having that frank conversation with your kids about being safe online,” Roberts said.

Roberts also has a message for predators on the internet: “We are watching online and if you’re online trying to solicit kids, we’re going to be there.”

Details on the men arrested: 

1. Shawn Michael Richardson
Age: 43
Charge: Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $20,000

2. Patrick Anthony Douglas Lovato
Age: 25
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child (2 counts), Encouraging Child Sex Abuse II (2 counts)
Bail: $60,000

3. David Hunter Duvall
Age: 38
Charges: Luring a Minor, Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $30,000

4. Nathan Kevin Jump
Age: 21
Charge: Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $20,000

5. Douglas Scott Hewitt
Age: 66
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $20,000

6. Kyle Gregory Johnson
Age: 41
Charges: Luring a Minor, Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $30,000

7. Mahoney McKeon
Age: 45
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child I (2 counts)
Bail: $40,000

8. Ryan Christopher Vanderzanden
Age: 49
Charges: Luring a Minor, Online Sex Corruption of Child I
Bail: $30,000

9. Vincent Gregory Rundo
Age: 46
Charges: Online Sex Corruption of Child I, Luring a Minor
Bail: $30,000