Online Predator Operation Leads to Multiple Arrests
Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau arrested seven men as part of a Traveler Operation ─ a sting meant to identify and apprehend online predators. The operation was conducted over several days in December and continued as investigators worked to identify offenders who failed to appear as part of the initial sting. In each case, offenders used internet platforms to initiate explicit conversations and solicit sex from police officers posing as children. When each of the suspects arrived at the agreed upon locations, detectives took them into custody. The men ranged in age from 26-52 and were charged with a total of 49 felonies.
- Danial Siridavong, 33, of Woodbridge was arrested on Dec. 28 and charged with two counts of use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children and one count of attempt indecent liberties.
- Edil Yovani Galvin-Dubon, 35, of Fairfax was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged with attempted indecent liberties with a minor, 20 counts of possession/reproduction of child pornography with the intent to distribute second offense, four counts of use of communications systems to propose to such child the performance of a sexual act and two counts of aggravated sexual battery from a 2017 incident.
- Moh Shakib Stanikzai, 30, of Alexandria was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged with one count of computer solicitation of a child under 15 and attempted indecent liberties with a child under 15.
- Gilberto Antonio Jarquin-Medina, 26, of Alexandria was arrested on Dec. 22 was charged with one count of computer solicitation of a child under 15 and attempted indecent liberties.
- Zim Mohammad, 23, of Springfield was arrested on Dec. 21 and charged with use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children and one count of enticing a minor to produce pornography.
- Ozgur Ozcelik, 35, of Alexandria was arrested on Dec. 21 and charged with two counts of use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children and one count of attempt indecent liberties.
During the operation, detectives received communication from David M. Thompson, 52, of Harrisonburg, who was attempting to solicit sex from police officers posing as children. Detectives identified the Thompson’s residence and coordinated with the Virginia State Police and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Thompson was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of child porn production, six counts of distributing child pornography and two counts of use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children. He was taken into custody by VSP and taken to the Rockingham County Adult Detention Center. No mugshot available.
Parents are urged to closely monitor their children’s online activities and use available security settings to prevent the use of inappropriate sites or platforms. Children should be encouraged to report any person engaging in inappropriate conversations or trying to coerce them into providing sexually explicit images of themselves. Additional internet safety information provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be found HERE. There are many applications predators use to solicit victims. Parents are encouraged to know what applications their children are using and have open dialog of the dangers they may pose.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding these incidents or others with a similar nexus to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 6. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.
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