Most already back out on Tucson’s streets
Tucson Police Department teamed up with 11 other agencies including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a sting operation resulting in the arrest of 21 local, alleged child predators, including former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, Daniel Perez.
TPD and partnering agencies conducted undercover chats posing as “juveniles” over the course of five days starting in late July. The alleged perpetrators claimed to be adults during the chats, some of them even sent lewd photos, and at least a third of them have been charged with ‘Aggravated Luring of a Minor for Sexual Exploitation’, a class two felony. Some have been charged with ‘Sex Trafficking of a Minor’, also a class two felony.
At least two of the arrestees are believed to have prior sex-based charges. Travis Ray Davis, 27, and Jason Langmesser, 45, are still detained on $50,000 and $100,000 bail respectively, the highest bail amounts of any of the arrestees. Langmesser is not listed in the Pima County Sex Offender Registry, or the national registry.
Davis also could not be found when searching the county and national sex offender registry but was charged last year, and convicted in March of 2019, with failure to register as a sex offender. A pre-sentence report identified Davis as a low to medium risk and he was sentenced to four years of probation, according to court records.
“The resolve our TPD members displayed while planning and carrying out this work was outstanding,” said Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus. “We recognize the value of working on these types of investigations in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, including those at the federal level. Their expertise and support were critical to the success of this operation.”
Most of the arrestees have been release from Pima County Detention Center except for Davis, Langmesser, Christopher Tate, Vladimir Rodriguez, Dylan Clement and Fabian Montoya-Renteria.
Tate, 32, has two prior convictions for possession of methamphetamines and was most recently sentenced to three years of probation in 2017.
Sean Shields, 50, also has a drug conviction for possession of methamphetamines and his mother filed a domestic violence order of protection against him in 2017.
Other participating agencies included Oro Valley Police Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Public Safety, United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Secret Service, Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
“Through operations like this, law enforcement agencies are able to work together to protect our children and keep our communities safe,” said Sean Kaul, Special Agent in charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office.
Activity on TPDs Facebook post announcing the arrests included users congratulating the police department, taking jabs at the arrestees and in some instances calling for castration of the arrestees.
“Great work!! My concern is, 1. How many times have any of these been arrested? 2. Will the courts give them long sentences?” Vaughn Hageman asked.
“Use these guys for next year’s Shark Week, dress them as seals, drag them behind a boat and wait for shark breach,” Patrick Kadzie said.