6 Colorado Men Arrested in Child Prostitution Sting
Colorado law enforcement has arrested six men as a result of an undercover sting related to child prostitution in Colorado Springs.
The sting took place last February and five of the six men have been charged with sex crimes related to children. Here are the men that were arrested along with the charges they are currently facing:
Patrick Martin, 32, is facing charges of soliciting for child prostitution.
Joseph Dimes, 31, is facing charges of soliciting for child prostitution.
Nicholas Fernandez, 42, is facing charges of soliciting for child prostitution.
Nathanael Martens, 27, is facing charges of soliciting for child prostitution, attempt to influence a public servant, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
James Harry, 31, is facing charges of soliciting for child prostitution.
Johnathan Guenther, 67, is facing charges of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Six agencies joined forces to carry out the investigation which led to these arrests - Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Springs Police Department, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Following the arrests, Colorado Springs Police Department Chief Vince Niski had this to say about the sting:
Law enforcement agencies across Colorado are committed to working together to protect our state’s children from predators. From all of us at the Colorado Springs Police Department, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our partner agencies, without whom this operation would not have been possible.
Captain Bill Barkley, commander of the Smuggling, Trafficking, and Interdiction Section of the Colorado State Patrol also spoke about the operation, noting that the crimes committed by these men are especially disturbing:
What many people don’t understand is just how young these victims actually are, and how devastating an impact these events will have for the rest of their lives.
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