Joint operation leads to arrest of 11 men accused of child enticement
BOISE — Eleven men were arrested in a weekend joint operation that targeted child sexual abuse in the Treasure Valley, according to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.
“Operation Grand Canyon was very successful and I commend everyone who helped plan, organize and execute the project,” Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a press release. “Thanks to the efforts, expertise and teamwork of dozens of dedicated law enforcement personnel, young people in the Treasure Valley are safer today.”Four of the 11 men were charged in federal court including:
n Dylan Steele, 24, charged with coercion and enticement and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor;
n John Albjerg, 33, of Nampa, charged with coercion and enticement;
n Shawn T. Conaway, 44, charged with attempted sex trafficking of children and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct;
n Larry D. Morck, 59, of Meridian, charged with coercion and enticement and attempted sex trafficking of a child.
Seven men are facing state charges of enticing a child through use of the internet or other communication device:
n Jesus Gonzalez, 20, of Caldwell;
n Mark W. Sharp, 41, of Boise;
n Eduardo Arredondo Rivera, 26, of Caldwell;
n Reese H. Tolbert, 18, of Meridian;
n Casey W. Louderman, 22, of Caldwell;
n A. McElroy, 22, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona;
n Tyelar A. Guadagno, 37, of Caldwell.
All seven men facing state charges were booked into the Canyon County jail, according to the county’s current jail roster. Some of the men are facing additional charges. Gonzalez also received one felony possession of exploitative material. Louderman received a possession of controlled substance charge and is listed as a Texas fugitive. Guadagno was also charged with misdemeanor injury to a child, intent to deliver a controlled substance and paraphernalia with intent to use. Arredondo also has an immigration hold against him, according to the Canyon County jail roster.
“These high-level operations are needed to help remove sexual predators from our streets,” said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “People need to understand that these predators are out there and they pose a significant risk to children.”Emily Lowe is the Canyon County public safety reporter. Follow @EmLoweJourno on Twitter