SAN MARCOS, Texas – A joint operation between state and local law enforcement agencies targeting the sexual exploitation of minors has resulted in 7 arrests.
Hays County Sheriffs Department says on April 1 and April 2 an operation was conducted which targeted persons trying to sexually exploit and victimize minors for a fee.
Officers posed as females under the age of 18 and began to communicate with suspects through various websites known to be used to solicit sexual acts.
The agencies involved were the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Highway Patrol Division, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the San Marcos Police Department, and the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.
Efrain Ramirez Ramirez, 39, of Kilgore
Todd Matthew Strine, 46, of New Braunfels Abel
Barcenas Suarez, 33, of New Braunfels
Fabian Jefferson, 50, of Kyle
Ricardo Costilla Jr, 24, of Austin
Richard Guerrero Morales, 52, of San Marcos
Jacob Hiley Pell, 18, of Cedar Park
HCSD says this investigation highlights the partnership between local and state law enforcement agencies in working together to combat human trafficking.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information about this type of criminal activity, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888