MCSO to head area human trafficking task force

Staff report


Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene and his department will take the lead in a new human-trafficking task force in the Mahoning Valley announced Friday by Greene and state Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Allen will head up the task force, which includes members from the county’s prosecutor’s office and Children Services Board, as well as the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, highway patrol and Adult Parole Authority and the Austintown and Liberty police departments.

“There is an important need for this task force because human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises right now,” Allen said. “I am pleased with how many area agencies have committed manpower to such an important initiative.”

On Wednesday, five people were arrested as part of a task force investigation via an undercover sting after soliciting sex from an undercover officer online. Those facing misdemeanor charges of solicitation are Michael Infante, 34, of Lordstown; Pedro Sanchez, 22, of Boardman; Jerry Teter, 58, of Vienna; Eric Totten, 33, of Brookfield; and David Williams, 44, Youngstown

Helping out in the arrests Wednesday were members of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force.

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