Jerome man arrested in Utah during child sex sting
Police arrested a Jerome man and six others during a child sex sting in southern Utah.
The group "Veterans for the Rescue of Children" teamed up with several agencies, including Parowan Police for the sting.
They lured suspects with ads on websites known to be used by child predators.
Police say the men met with an undercover informant and arranged for a sexual encounter with one or more 13 year old girls.
When they arrived at the arranged location, officers moved in.
“We still have four more active investigations that we're still continuing on people that may not have shown up but did commit certain sex crimes via texting and different things that we're still investigating,” said Parowan Police Chief Ken Carpenter.
According to KSTU, Jason Everette Livermore, 30, of St. George, Utah, was arrested Feb. 15 and faces one count each of conspiracy to commit child rape, conspiracy to commit forcible sodomy and enticing a minor.
Phillip Michael Gerstner, 30, of Jerome, Idaho, was arrested Feb. 16 and faces one count of conspiracy to commit child rape.
Carlos Valenzuela Nunez, 30, of Enterprise, Utah, was arrested Feb. 17 and faces one count of conspiracy to commit child rape.
Floyd Jennings, 71, of St. George, Utah, was arrested Feb. 18 and faces two counts of conspiracy to commit child rape.
James Micheal Garrelts, 53, of Cedar City, was arrested Feb. 18 and faces two counts of conspiracy to commit child rape.
Trevor John Bodily, 31, of Clearfield, Utah, faces one count of attempting to commit child sodomy, one count of attempting to commit child rape and one count of failure to stop at the command of officers.
Eugene H. Alvarado Jr, 46, of Sunnyvale, California, was arrested Feb. 19 and faces two counts of attempted child rape, two counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping and two counts of dealing harmful materials to a minor.
Veterans for the Rescue of Children is making a documentary that will air on Netflix.