Ohio human trafficking sting leads to arrest of 10 men

OHIO: An undercover human trafficking operation in Northeast Ohio led to the arrest of 10 men on Thursday, May 11. The Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force apprehended the men, ranging in age from 30 to 55, including a superintendent, a teacher and a sex offender. The sting was a one-day affair in North Olmsted, about 20 miles southwest of Cleveland. Ohio human trafficking sting leads to arrest of 10 men.

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force teamed up with the North Olmsted Police Department and successfully apprehended the men and arrested them on sex charges, Fox News reports. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost confirmed the success of the sting operation in a statement on Friday, May 12. “Yesterday was a great day for the task force,” he said. “His commitment to eradicating the scourge of human trafficking is making a difference in the lives of victims and has a great impact in the region,” Yost added.

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Ohio human trafficking sting leads to arrest of 10 men

Among those arrested in the human trafficking bust in Northeast Ohio was Errol Jackson, a 35-year-old third-tier sex offender, who was arrested for promoting prostitution. He is expected to face additional charges and is currently being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail, reports 10 WBNS. Another person arrested in the raid was Jeffrey Ohl, a 53-year-old high school teacher at Keystone Local Schools, according to 19 News.


Dan White, the superintendent of the school district issued a statement following Ohl’s arrest and confirmed that he was suspended from his role as an educator effective immediately. “Jeffrey Ohl was arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution, according to a statement from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost,” White told the publication. “As soon as we learned of the situation, Ohl was immediately suspended and barred from District property,” he continued. “We are cooperating with law enforcement. Legally, we cannot comment on ongoing police investigations,” White added.

Meanwhile, Dan Keenan Jr, the 53-year-old former superintendent of Westlake City Schools, was also arrested in the operation. Keenan also served as the wrestling coach at Lee Burneson High School from 2015 to 2022, 19 News reported. He was also identified as the executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports students and teachers in Cleveland, a spokesperson for the Ohio attorney general’s office told Crain’s Cleveland Business. A Westlake City Schools official confirmed that Keenan was no longer involved with the district after his arrest.

Seven men arrested in the case were identified as Ahmed Aljabri, 41, Sha Chuwan, 32, William Minor, 52, Erwin Palma-Torres, 30, Jacob Safran, 32, Raymond Schillinger, 53, and Carl Whepley Jr, 55. All of the Men involved in the stunt were arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution, a first degree misdemeanor. “Yesterday was a great day for the task force,” said AG Yost. “Their commitment to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking is making a difference in the lives of victims and having a great impact in the region.


In the aftermath of the sting, the North Olmsted Police Department took to Facebook to say that while their operation was successful in the city, human trafficking is a national problem. “Activities like these are not a North Olmsted problem. These activities are a problem of each city,” the department wrote. “You may think it’s not happening in your community, but you can tell by the addresses of the people arrested, they will travel to find what they are looking for at the hotels in our communities,” the post continued.

Officials also confirmed that seven possible victims were identified in the human trafficking raid. All of the victims reportedly received care and resources from the Canopy Child Advocacy Center, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and the Harriett Tubman Movement.Read More……

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