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Human trafficking sting in Ohio catches 10 men, including school superintendent and teacher

Officials said that among those arrested were a middle school teacher, a non-profit executive, an illegal immigrant as well as a former superintendent for Westlake City Schools.

Published: May 13, 2023 3:19pm

Updated: May 13, 2023 7:02pm

Ten men were arrested in connection with a human trafficking sting operation in North Olmsted, Ohio.

The men range in age from 30 to 55, and were arrested on Thursday on sex charges by members of the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, according to Fox News.

One of the men taken into custody is a registered Tier III sex offender, according to the Ohio attorney general's office. He is 35-year-old Errol Jackson, of Lorain, and was arrested for promoting prostitution, with more charges expected.

Officials said that among those arrested were a middle school teacher, a non-profit executive, an illegal immigrant as well as a former superintendent for Westlake City Schools.

The arrests were part of a one-day operation to identify those providing and purchasing commercial sex, according to the outlet. Seven potential human trafficking victims were identified during the operation and were given resources from multiple agencies.

"Yesterday was a banner day for the task force," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement on Friday. "Their commitment to wiping out the scourge of human trafficking is making a difference in the lives of the victims and having a big impact on the region."

"Activities like these are not a North Olmsted problem. These activities are an every city problem. You may think it's not happening in your community but you can see by the addresses of the people arrested, they will travel to find what they are looking for at hotels in our communities," added the North Olmsted Police Department on Facebook.

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