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St. Johns Sting Operation Leads to 15 Arrests of Men Solicting Underage Sex

| March 20, 2013

Operation No Soliciting: the suspects. Click on the image for larger view. (St. Johns County Sheriff's Office)

Operation No Soliciting: the suspects. Click on the image for larger view. (St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office)

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested 15 men in five days last week in a sting operation targeting individuals soliciting minors for sex. The operation was called “Operation No Soliciting. Arrests included one suspect from Flagler County, Vyacheslav Azarov, 43, a delivery driver from Bridgehaven Drive in Palm Coast.

For the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office, it is the second operation in two years designed to identify persons who use the Internet to sexually exploit children. Multiple agencies participated in the operation under the auspices of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Those agencies included the FBI, the U.S. Marshals’ Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, which includes Putnam, Flagler, Volusia and St. Johns counties, the Sheriff’s Offices of St. Johns, Alachua, Volusia, Clay and Brevard counties and the Gainesville, Daytona Beach and Tallahassee
Police Departments.

The operation involved undercover detectives posing as juveniles or parents online to arrange for unknown suspects to meet with them at an undercover house that was located in the Northwest part of St. Johns. Between last Wednesday and Sunday, 15 individuals solicited a parent or guardian or minor online and traveled to the undercover home in an attempt to have sexual activity with children between the ages of 13 and 14. Once the suspects arrived at the home they were taken into custody.

Three of those arrested traveled to St. Johns County from different areas of South Georgia, three came from Volusia County, two came from St. Johns, Duval and Alachua Counties and one each came from Clay, Nassau, and Flagler. The 15 suspects range in age from 19-49 years old and each faces three to four felony charges such as using a computer to solicit a child, doing so with obscene communication, and using a two-way device to facilitate a felony. A St. Augustine bus driver also faces two drug charges. Bond ranging between $75,000 and $200,000 was set for each suspect.

The suspects, as provided by the St. Johns Sheriff’s Offfice:

  • Rajiv Pravinkumar Rathod, 28, 6455 Argyle Forest Blvd., #906, Jacksonville (Service Station Owner)
  • Christopher Daniel Holt, 19, 7508 Wycombe Dr. N., Jacksonville (U.S. Navy)
  • Richard Charles Holubek, 47, 2890 Maricopa Ct., Orange Park (Drug Store Manager)
  • Nicholas Joseph Stanley, 25, 1391 Handen Rd. East, Port Orange (Tutor)
  • Richard Allen Copeland, 46, 1324 Pappy St., St. Augustine (Bus Driver)
  • Anthony Joseph Roski, 46, 2055 Antioch Church Rd., Pearson, Ga. (Farm Worker)
  • George A. Lambing, 44, 8650 Jake Carlton Dr., Yulee (Electrician)
  • Eric O’neal Westervelt, 49, 6928 Kapok Dr., Milton (Retired)
  • William Claude Smith Jr., 29, Pt. Wentworth, Ga. (Construction)
  • Vyacheslav Azarov, 43, 32 Bridgehaven Dr., Palm Coast (Delivery Driver)
  • John Houston Oyler, 29, 137 Buck Run Way, St. Augustine (Unemployed)
  • Michael Tyler Baggott, 20, Rincon, Ga. (Criminal Justice Student)
  • Edward Michael Myers, 20, Daytona Beach, Fl. (College Student)
  • Michael Roger Mills, 23, 2863 SW 38th Pl., Gainesville (Fast Food Manager)
  • Vincent Yedynak, 38, 955 S. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach (Maintenance)
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10 Responses for “St. Johns Sting Operation Leads to 15 Arrests of Men Solicting Underage Sex”

  1. Gia says:

    All these crap should be hung by their balls, no sympathy.

  2. says:

    just the tip of the iceberg with scum like this, embarrass the crap out of them like they done in england centuries ago, humiliation and embarrassment in a public square.

  3. Congrads! says:

    Way to go St. Johns!!!

    Get ALL that junk off the streets and away from the innocent children…

    They are very sick people that do that..And I don’t mean mentally ill,,,I meand SICK…

  4. gator lover says:

    with “to catch a predator” on CNBC ever night i can’t believe those fools walk right into the trap but i’m glad they did. our children need protecting. thank you law enforcement.

  5. Julie says:

    These kind of sting operations need to be conducted more often! Kudos to all involved for identifying these scumbags!!!

  6. kathy says:

    this man vyacheslav avarov, was working for univta oxygen supply in daytona beach. he came to my house a few times, and was a rude jerk, to me. he didnt want to carry oxygen supplies up a couple of stairs for my disabled sister. what a creep!!

  7. kathy says:

    all of these guys are creeps. should be kept in jail. i just dont understand how avarov got a job, delivering medical supplies to people. who knows what else he’s done!!. when i first saw him on the news, i couldnt believe my eyes!

  8. NOSTRADAMUS says:

    Its a Joint Effort by Numerous Law Enforcement Agencys, Kudos to All Involved !!!!! !0 More DirtBags Headed to The Most Hated Bed and Breakfast in The Sunshine State, “JAIL” !!!!!!!

  9. Duane A. Webb says:

    ENTRAPMENT: In criminal law, entrapment is conduct by a law enforcement agent inducing a person to commit an offense that the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit.

    CRIMINAL ENTICEMENT: Enticing/luring an individual to attempt a crime he/she otherwise would not attempt. In New Jerseyt, a person commits a crime of the third degree if he attempts, via electronic or any other means, to lure or entice a person into a motor vehicle, structure or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense with or against the person lured or enticed or against any other person.

    • Anonymous says:

      Duane, in the state of Florida, these laws do not apply if it is in relation to a minor, which is was in this case.

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