7 men arrested in Grant County child sex sting

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GRANT CO., Wash. — Seven men were arrested in Grant County as part of a child sex sting.

“Net Nanny” is a multi-day operation spearheaded by the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force. It aims to take dangerous sexual predators off the streets.

The following men were arrested over the course of seven days. They are now being investigated for attempted rape of a child, communication with a minor for immoral purposes and sexual exploitation of a minor:

  • Abraham Calderon, 19, Moses Lake
  • Omar Ivan Macinas-Garza, 39, Grandview
  • Fulgencio Ramos, 21, Quincy
  • Robert Jefffrey Bancroft, 20, Marysville
  • Joshua Kenneth Leonard, 44, Omak
  • Jerardo Ramon Reyes, 29, Moses Lake
  • Mason Pilling, 27, Moses Lake

These cases will be reviewed by the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine whether or what criminal charges should be filed.

“The Grant County Prosecutor’s Office was proud to partner with various State, Federal and local Grant County law enforcement agencies in the first post-Covid Net Nanny Operation in the State,” Prosecutor Kevin McCrae said. “These law enforcement agencies are sending a clear message that the exploitation and abuse of children will not be tolerated. This is a message we proudly support. Individuals who abuse and steal the innocence of children, in person or online, are some of the most heinous and despicable crimes we deal with. The Grant County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to support these operations to ensure the safety of children in our community.”

This is the 19th Net Nanny operation since the original operation in August 2015. MECTF has made 301 arrests and rescued 13 children across the state in that time.

“While the internet is a powerful tool for us all, criminals using it to target our communities’ necessitates a need for this type of proactive investigations by our law enforcement troopers and partners in order to combat these horrible crimes,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children and making our communities safer.”

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