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17 men arrested in Mesa’s ‘Naughty List’ prostitution sting



PHOENIX – Seventeen men could be getting worse than lumps of coal for Christmas after recently being caught in a prostitution sting dubbed Operation Naughty List by the Mesa Police Department.

The suspects arrested ranged from 26 to 81 years old.

The following men are accused of contacting undercover detectives and soliciting or brokering sex acts during the operation, police said:

Edwin Sanchez, 26; David Stapley, 35; Andrew Simington, 81; Hector Rodriguez, 34; Bradley Axan, 58; Richard Abraham, 71; Kurt Ellsworth, 66; Jorge Martinez, 41; Jose Cortes-Barrera, 35; Lamberto Robles, 40; Constantino Najera, 42; Benjamin Macias, 37; Anthony Marcos, 64; Michael Schneider, 57; Milton Munoz Pineda, 31; Lamont Johnson, 33; and Joel Goble, 34.

Each was charged with prostitution, while Johnson faces an additional count of enticement.

Mesa police said they routinely conducts similar operations.

More information about the department’s efforts to combat human sex trafficking are available on the city’s website.

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