Just under half of the 16 suspected child predators nabbed by Pearland Police in an online sting are now free on bond, according to jail records, while the remainder sit in the Brazoria County Detention Center.
The men, ranging in age from 21 to 58, are charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second degree felony that can draw up to 20 years in prison.
Pearland Police conducted the online sting, nicknamed “Operation Back to School,” in conjunction with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Trained investigators posed as minors while online, and identified suspects who sought to meet children for sexual purposes, according to reports. The suspects then arranged to meet with what they believed to be a minor child, and instead were met by Pearland’s finest. Similar operations have been conducted in Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties.
Free on bond are Pablo Ibarra, 28, Jeffery Brasfield, 58, Edwin Cedillo-Miranda, 24, Keith Davidson, 48, Lorenzo Perez, 21, Benjamin Rondon, 23, and Sajid Qureshi, 27.
Most were free on bond the same day or the day after they were booked, according to jail records.
Also booked in connection with the sting were Jonathan Coperman, 24, Justin Gadd, 28, Ayal Goldberg, 25, Miguel Gonzalez-Banda, 24, Jake Luera, 29, Bradley May, 33, Erike Ramirez, 35, Marcelino Romero-Lucas, 34, and Jesus Santana, 28.
Only two of the suspects have addresses listed in Pearland, while four show addresses in Houston. The remainder of suspects are from San Antonio, Pasadena, West Columbia, Jones Creek, Galena Park, Webster, Conroe and Highlands, Texas.