11 Arrested in Colorado Child Enticement Operation
The Greeley Police Department (GPD) has arrested 11 individuals following a joint task force operation conducted with Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Colorado State Patrol, and the Windsor Police Department.
According to a press release from GPD, law enforcement launched the investigation, titled "Operation Greeley Predators," on Friday (June 25) with the hopes of catching suspects who were enticing children online.
Authorities arrested the following individuals after they allegedly attempted to sexually interact with a juvenile via online ads:
- Omar Faruk, 25, of Greeley
- Gaylan Dean Forbes, 58, of Fort Morgan
- Gustavo Garza, 47, of Greeley
- Brian Michael Homola, 43, of Loveland
- Khary Amin Harry King, 43, of Estes Park
- Gilberto Luxlux, 38, of Cheyenne
- Ryan Dean Mannon, 42, of Greeley
- Sean Timothy McCarthy, 38, of Eldorado Springs
- Poe Reh, 35, of Greeley
- Brandon Joseph Salazar, 29, of Fort Collins
- Thor Joseph White, 34, of Greeley
The individuals are facing multiple charges, including the Soliciting of a Child Prostitute and Attempted Sex Assault on a Child. White is facing the additional charge of Enticement of a Child.
The release noted that the operation's timing was to protect "the influx of visitors for the Greeley Stampede event."
"The safety of our citizens and visitors, especially children, is paramount to the Greeley Police Department," read the release. "We would also like to use this operation's success to remind parents of the pitfalls of children being online unsupervised."
GPD is encouraging parents to monitor their children's online usage and to speak to them about the dangers of online predation.
The 19th Judicial District Attorney's Office will prosecute these cases. No further information is available at this time.