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Six Arrested in Undercover Internet Sex Predator Operation

In May, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies conducted an undercover operation to locate internet child sex predators in and around Mesa County.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Colorado State Patrol, conducted the operation targeting suspects who use the internet to solicit minors for sex.

Throughout the operation, five people were arrested and booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility:

Phillip Holt, age 45, of Grand Junction, was arrested for Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a class four felony.

Julian Labato, age 63, of Telluride, was arrested for Attempted Sex Assault on a Child, a class four felony, and Internet Luring of a Child, a class four felony.

Nerlin Perez, age 27, of Grand Junction, was arrested for Pandering a Child, a class two felony, and Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child, a class four felony.

Patrice Petit, age 64, of Grand Junction, was arrested for Attempted Sex Assault on a Child, a class four felony.

Justin Stephens, age 41, of Grand Junction, was arrested for Attempted Sex Assault on a Child, a class four felony, and Internet Luring of a Child, a class four felony.

As part of this same operation, Baltazar Gomez-Rodriguez, age 35, of Moab, Utah, was arrested by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office for Enticement of a Child, a class four felony, and Internet Luring of a Child, a class four felony.

It is important to know who you and your loved ones are engaging with online. Talking about the dangers of the internet should be an open dialog between parents and kids of all ages.

To report a crime, call 911. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://crimewatch.net/us/co/mesa/sheriff/134177/post/six-arrested-undercover-internet-sex-predator-operation