17 Arrested in Chandler Sex Crimes Operation

A multi-agency operation have successfully removed dangerous predators from our streets.

Over the weekend, Chandler Police announced the arrests of more than a dozen people for sex-related crimes in an operation targeting online predators.

As part of a three-week crackdown spanning the entire Phoenix metropolitan area, 17 suspects were arrested for 43 sex-related crimes. Authorities were specifically targeting adults trying to engage in sexual activities with children online.

The following suspects were arrested: Jacob Green, Kyle Cornelius, Steven Binford, Albert Ahumada, Jorge Amezquita, Zachary Hortel, Alberto Cortes, Christophe Lackhan, Omar Miranda Vera, Keith Wilson Jackson, Robert Spankle, Michael Turner, “Juan” Martin Dominguez, Patrick Matzke, Mario Macias, Austin Graybill and James Marshall.

The department worked cooperation with authorities in the FBI, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigation.

No additional details have been released on the specific charges or what led up to the arrests.

In a separate three-week operation that encompassed the Valley, nearly 350 arrests were made between Jan. 30 and Feb. 11.