In March, an El Paso couple was caught by an EPPD sting intended to take down internet predators reminding El Paso parents to stay vigilant.
According to the El Paso Police Department, "The El Paso Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit arrested an adult male and an adult female for soliciting minors online.
The arrests occurred during an FBI El Paso Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force inter-agency operation. 25 –year old Marlene Gallegos communicated online with an undercover officer posing as a female juvenile. Gallegos propositioned the person she believed to be a girl under the age of 18 and drove from Socorro to meet with her at a location in West El Paso.
There, Gallegos was met by officers and agents who placed her under arrest. 29 –year old Bryan Johnson also communicated in a lewd manner with an undercover officer posing as a female juvenile under the age of 18.
Johnson arrived at a location to meet with the person he believed to be an underage female and ran from agents and officers when encountered but was quickly apprehended. Both Gallegos and Johnson were booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility."
Date: March 24th and March 25th, 2022
Offender: 25 –year old Marlene Gallegos of Socorro
Charge: Online Solicitation of a Minor/ Bond: $50,000/ Judge: Estrada
Offender: 29 –year old Bryan Johnson
Charge: Online Solicitation of a Minor Bond: $30,000 Judge: Nava
Charge: Evading Arrest Bond: $2,500 Judge: Nava
This incident should remind parents to stay vigilant when it comes to their children's internet access. For more information about how to protect your kids online check out this helpful information from the Justice Department.
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