Arraignments held for dozens accused in human trafficking ring


DARLENE: ONE BY ONE MORE THAN A DOZEN MEN ACUSED OF TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH TEENAGERS – BUSTED AS ONLY OUR CAMERAS ROLLED – APPEARED IN COURT TODAY TO ANSWER TO THOSE CHARGES. IN ALL 22 MEN WERE ARRESTED AS PART OF A MASSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN INVOLVING HOMELAND SECURITY, UNDERCOVER STING OPERATIONS AND UNDERAGE SEX TRAFFICKING. DARLENE: NBC4’S TYLAR BACOME WAS UNDERCOVER WITH LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES DURING THAT STING IN SEPTEMBER – HE JOINS US NOW FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY COURT. THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9 TH – AS 4 UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS WENT ON SIMULTANEOUSLY THROUGHOUT OUR AREA – WE WERE WITH THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ICAC, HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AT A HOUSE IN GROVE CITY FOR 1 OF THEM. UNDERCOVER AGENTS AT A SEPARATE, UNDISCLOSED LOCATIONS POSED AS TEENAGERS IN VARIOUS CHAT ROOMS AND ON APPS – AND TOLD THE MEN THE SUSPECTS THEY WERE AT THE HOME WE WERE IN AND WHEN THE MEN SHOWED UP – ALLEGEDLY TO HAVE SEX WITH TEENAGERS – THEY WERE ARRESTED. 22 IN ALL WERE ARRESTED THAT WEEK. 6 AS OUR CAMERAS ROLLED. CHRISTIAN GIBSON WAS ONE OF THEM. AT THE TIME HE WAS IN TRAINING TO WORK WITH A LOCAL CHURCH YOUTH GROUP. AFTER HE WAS ARRAIGNED I ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS WORK WITH THE CHURCH AND THE CHARGES HE NOW FACES. “CHRISTIAN DO YOU WANNA SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE CHARGES AGAINST YOU. NO HE DOES NOT. HE WAS IN TRAINING TO WORK WITH KIDS AT A CHURCH AND HE’S ACUSED OF HAVING, TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH A TEENAGER. HE DIDN’T KNOW BETTER? CHRISTIAN ANYTHING AT ALL YOU WANT TO SAY ABOUT THE CHARGES? NO HE DOESN’T WISH TO MAKE A COMMENT. ” MOST OF THE SUSPECTS – INCLUDING GIBSON – FACE UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A MINOR WHICH IS A FELONY OF THE FOURTH DEGREE AND IMPORTUNING. 17 OF 22 APPEARED TODAY – ALL PLEAD NOT GUILTY. LOCAL FOR YOU TYLAR BACOME NBC4. DARLENE: AN OHIO BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE PUBLIC MIDDLE

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