Monday, May 15, 2017

Brevard County Men Arrested In Volusia County Underage Sex Sting Operation


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida - Two Brevard County men were among the suspects arrested in an underage sex sting operation conducted in Volusia County.


"For five days, online predators looking for sex with teenage girls and boys in Volusia County all came to the same sudden realization: They were chatting with undercover law enforcement officers, not children," the Volusia County Sheriff's Office stated in a release.

By Saturday’s end of “Operation Indecent Proposal,” a joint effort between the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and several other local, state and federal agencies, fourteen men were arrested after allegedly traveling here to meet their victims.

"This is what's out there lurking on the Internet," said Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who was present at the decoy house for part of the operation. "This is what you're dealing with: Scumbag Central. I know when I left there, I felt like I needed to take a shower."

Ryan Joseph Rahme

The two Brevard County men arrested were 36-year-old Ryan Joseph Rahme of Palm Bay and 21-year-old Kyle J. Galloway of Mims. Both men remain in custody in the Volusia County Jail. Rahme is held under a no bond status and Galloway is under a $65,000 bond.


Kyle J. Galloway


Among the arrests  were:

Victor Williams, 40 (DOB 8/16/1976), of Palm Coast, a social services contractor who has worked with children in the past. Sheriff’s detectives are working to develop a comprehensive list of Williams’ past clients and contacts with children, and will conduct interviews with them as the investigation continues. Anyone with information that might be relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the VCSO Child Exploitation Unit at 386-323-3574.

Christopher Chierchio, 36 (DOB 6/28/1980), of Preble, N.Y., a registered sex offender who absconded from New York in 2015.

William Parshall, 58 (DOB 1/28/1959), of Jacksonville, a retired U.S. Navy civilian logistics employee who said he’s had multiple contacts with juvenile females while chatting online daily for approximately three years. Parshall booked a hotel room in Daytona Beach for his encounter, and detectives found condoms in the night stand and a vibrator hidden in the bedsheets. They also located a pair of vibrating underwear under the driver’s seat of his car.

Many of the predators were local. Some came to a decoy house to meet their victims, while others set up meetings in public spaces. One drove about 92 miles with heroin in his car to meet with a 14-year-old. One was driven to the decoy house by his mother, and he brought condoms and an Xbox with him.

All were ultimately taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Not everyone who communicated with the undercover chatters traveled to meet the decoy, but some sent explicit messages and images. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate those cases, and additional arrests are possible. So are additional operations.

"We're going to do it again," the sheriff said at Monday's news conference announcing the arrests. "As sure as God made green apples, we'll be sitting in this room again and we'll have 14 or 15 more people up on this board... These folks that we're dealing with are sick, twisted individuals who are wired differently than we are."

The defendants and their charges are:

Victor E. Williams
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony

Christopher S. Chierchio
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Sending harmful image to a minor
Attempted lewd or lascivious battery

William Keith Parshall
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Attempted sexual battery

Daniel Scott Quilter, 36 (DOB 12/21/1980), Ormond Beach
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony

Ryan Joseph Rahme, 36 (DOB 1/20/1981), Palm Bay
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Possession of heroin

Gregory Hall Jr., 20 (DOB 3/25/1997), Palm Coast
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony

Jeremy Daniel Burge, 35 (DOB 12/28/1981), Holly Hill
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony

Mario Ayala III, 29 (DOB 11/7/1988), Palm Coast
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Sending harmful image to a minor
Attempted lewd or lascivious battery

Kyle J. Galloway, 21 (DOB 4/19/1996), Mims
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Sending harmful image to a minor
Attempted lewd or lascivious battery

Joseph McClellan, 24 (DOB 12/13/1982), Port Orange
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Sending harmful image to a minor
Attempted lewd or lascivious battery

Robert A. Knuckles, 59 (DOB 5/13/1958), Palatka
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Sending harmful image to a minor
Attempted lewd or lascivious battery

William Riffe, 25 (DOB 6/30/1991), Daytona Beach
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony

Jamahl Barnabas-Heath, 22 (DOB 6/10/1994), Orange Park
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony

Jimmy D. Struck, 25 (DOB 11/27/1994), Ormond Beach
Use of a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Travel to seduce/solicit/lure a child
Use of a 2-way communication device to commit a felony
Sending harmful image to a minor
Attempted lewd or lascivious battery

Video and photo credit: Volusia County Sheriff's Office