SARASOTA -- Six Manatee County men were among 30 suspects recently arrested in the Sarasota County Sheriff's Operation Intercept II, an effort to target online sexual predators.
The suspects, who responded to online advertisements and participated in sexual conversations with detectives posing as juveniles, were taken in custody after arriving at a residence in Sarasota County. The weeklong investigation was active Feb. 8-15.
"This was our second operation to see what criminals prowled the Internet for the purpose of sexually exploiting children," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "We saw some frightening things that parents need to be aware of to properly protect their kids."
Detectives used a variety of websites and social media tools to respond to and post ads, said Wendy Rose, sheriff's office spokeswoman. Rose said something new used in this operation was a social media site that uses a GPS to identify a person's location.
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"It will pop up and tell you who is around," Rose said. "Kids go on this site and think they will meet new friends, but there are some harmful people, too."
Video of several arrests show detectives meeting the men at the front door of a residence. Reactions ranged from crying, screaming and denying any wrongdoing.
"I just want to go home. I didn't do anything wrong. I don't know why I'm even here," said Paul Andrews, 37, of Clearwater.
The footage shows detectives searching the men,
finding condoms in several cases.
"I did nothing wrong. She solicited me," said Mark Manbeck, 53, of Lakewood Ranch.
All of the men are charged with using a computer to solicit a child or guardian of a child to commit sexual acts and traveling to solicit a child to commit sexual acts. Other charges filed on certain individuals are transmission of material harmful to minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and procuring a person under 18 for prostitution.
Bond amounts range depending on the individuals' criminal histories.
"Some are still in custody and some are bonded," Rose said.
None of the suspects had prior sexual offenses, she added.
The suspects are:
n Paul Andrews, 37, of Clearwater
n Edgar Barrantes-Colomer, 23, of Sarasota
n Glenn Beiling, 21, of Sarasota
n Robert Blackburn, 53, of Fort Myers
n Adam Boryszewski, 26, of Tampa
n Jason Cowen, 37, of Sarasota
n Timothy Comstock, 45, of Parrish
n Chris Courtney, 26, of North Port
n Karl Doom, 23, of Bradenton
n Ralph Eachus, 46, of Port Charlotte
n Rusty Harden, 32, of Bradenton
n Robert Honig, 30, of Sarasota
n David Jones, 27, of Sarasota
n Daniel Klimowicz, 64, of Sarasota
n Terry Lauver, 55, of Sarasota
n Corey Maglothin, 23, of Tampa
n Mark Manbeck, 53, of Lakewood Ranch
n Johandy Medina, 30, of Tampa
n Lee Nason, 33, of Port Orange
n Yoe Pineyro, 34, of Bradenton
n Christopher Rassi, 25, of Tampa
n Craig Remour, 51, of Sarasota
n Lionel Rodriguez, 27, of Bradenton
n Brian Schultz, 47, of Tampa
n James Shirk, 30, of Sarasota
n Jon Simonell, 26, of Sarasota
n Corey Thompson, 25, of Sarasota
n Wael Youseff, 33, of Indian Shores
n David Ward, 47, of North Port
n Corey Wooster, 23, of Sarasota
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office worked with the State Attorney's Office, the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, FBI Innocent Images Task Force and numerous county and city law enforcement agencies.
Similar operations have been conducted throughout the state. In September, 43 men were arrested in the Manatee County Sheriff's Operation Green Shepherd.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office conducted the first Operation Intercept in May, nabbing 31 suspects.
Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @EJohnsonBHcrime.