Saturday, July 27, 2013

Brevard County Sting Operation Targeted Sex Offenders

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office released the results of an undercover operation dubbed "Operation Sand Spider" that targeted individuals allegedly attempting to engage in activities that illegally involved minors over the Internet.

The sweep was a cooperative partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and member agencies of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) that included personnel from ten local, state, and federal agencies.

Eleven suspects, who traveled from as far away as Miami, were arrested during the operation and now stand accused of traveling to meet a minor for sexual relations.

The suspects arrested ranged in age from 24 to 69 years old. One of the individuals arrested during the operation was 42-year-old Todd Kroeber of Port St Lucie, who investigators say brought a seventeen-year-old boy to Brevard County for the purpose of having that minor engage in sex with a child.  Kroeber is a registered Sex Offender on Federal Probation for Child Pornography.

Investigators allege that Kroeber had been engaging in a sexual relationship with the seventeen-year-old, as well as arranging for other men come to his residence in Port St Lucie to engage in sex with the boy.  Kroeber was arrested on federal charges and turned over to the U.S. Marshal Service in Orlando to be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. As a result of the investigation, 3 minor victims were identified and rescued from further sexual exploitation.

The following suspects were arrested during the operation:

Justin Arbuckle, 29, Cocoa, FL

Christopher Case, 49, Melbourne, FL

Melvin Adams, 69, Ft. Pierce, FL

Ernesto Corcho, 34, Miami, FL

Andrew Reed, 25, Orlando, FL

Todd Kroeber, 42, Port Saint Lucie, FL

Maxwell Loomis, 23, Micco, FL

Christopher Bryant, 35, Ocoee, FL

Dexxter Bennett, 25, Orlando, FL

Anthony Detrano, 34, Viera, FL

Mackendjo Etienne, 21, Fort Pierce, FL

All suspects were transported to the County Jail where they were being held on at least $35,000 bond, with the exception of Kroeber who was transferred into federal custody.