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Reverse John Prostitution Sting Leads To 20 Arrests

Men showed up at undisclosed Goleta hotel after seeing online listing

Reverse Prostitution Sting Nets 20 Arrests

GOLETA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies and Santa Barbara police arrested 20 men in a reverse "John" sting operation.

They said the men answered an advertisement on Backpage.com.

An undercover officer negotiated the price for sex and made a date at an undisclosed Goleta hotel on July 7 and 8.

The men arrested without incident are from Goleta, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Isla Vista , Solvang, Lompoc, Frenso and out of state.

They range in age from 20 to 66.

Officers said the bust focused on the customers rather than the prostitutes who are often victims of human trafficking.

The men booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for violation of 647(b) PC, solicitation of prostitution include:

59-year-old Nho Nguyen of Santa Barbara

66-year-old Edward Farley of Santa Barbara

51-year-old Allen Obiols of Santa Barbara

20-year-old Vatche Agob of Isla Vista

28-year-old Jesus Saldana of Santa Barbara

35-year-old Justin Litterelle of Philadelphia

31-year-old Ger Hang of Lompoc

44-year-old Laszlo Nagy-Berta of Ventura

43-year-old Eric Fowler of Fresno

20-year-old Isaac Kielmanowicz of Santa Barbara

21-year-old Keisuke Hata of Goleta

34-year-old Ramon Chavez-Antolino of Santa Barbara

48-year-old Christopher Blaul of Santa Barbara

57-year-old Peter Gaum of Santa Barbara

20-year-old Matthew Wu of Santa Barbara

23-year-old Jose Torres of Goleta

56-year-old Antonio Perez-Collado of Goleta

44-year-old Juan Pimentel of Goleta


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