HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Five suspects have been arrested as part of an ongoing child sex sting operation in conjunction with federal agencies, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement this week.
On July 17, the sheriff’s office worked in a team effort with the Portland FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force to locate and detain people who investigative efforts showed to be looking to have sex with minors.
Through the course joint state and federal operation, police arrested five people on charges of attempting to “solicit a child to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct and intentionally takes a substantial step toward physically meeting.”
Details of the suspects arrested are as follows:
Daniel Garcia, 23, of The Dalles was charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor
John Grover Morgan III, 30, of Rhododendron was charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor
Francisco Ramirez Rendon, 27, of The Dalles was charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor
Brandon David Backman, 44, of Hood River was charged with first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor
A 16-year-old from White Salmon, Wash. was charged with first-degree attempted sodomy
“Portland FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force consists of FBI agents and task force officers from the Beaverton Police Department, the Portland Police Bureau, the Tigard Police Department, the Hillsboro Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI’s CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children, as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child pornography.
The Columbia Gorge Major Crime’s Team includes detectives from The Oregon State Police, The Dalles Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Hood River Police Department and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.”
The latest arrests are part of an ongoing effort by the Trump administration to crack down on child predators and child sex traffickers.
Since his inauguration in January 2017, thousands of child predators have been arrested. Trump quietly made the effort a priority within his administration when he first took office.