Sweep of 'johns' picks up local men
Authorities in Hillsboro and Portland arrested more than 20 people on Thursday, Nov. 8, on charges of soliciting prostitutes, including two people who tried to solicit sex from underage teens.
In a joint mission between Hillsboro and Gresham police departments, the Portland Police Bureau and Washington County Sheriff's Office, 21 men were arrested Nov. 8 on charges of patronizing a prostitute.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, two others were charged with luring a minor for sex.
Undercover officers met with men online offering sex for money. The men were told to meet at one of two hotels in Hillsboro and Portland. When the men arrived they were arrested and brought into custody.
Two of the men arrested believed the officers were underage when they arrived at the hotel, authorities said.
Walter Renderos, Jr., 29, of Portland, and Toran Tolleson, 21, of Salem, were arrested and charged with luring a minor for sex.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Renderos believed he was meeting a 16-year-old boy for sex at the hotel. Tolleson made plans to meet with what he believed was a 16-year-old girl, according to police.
Also arrested at the unnamed Hillsboro hotel were Juan Ramon Placencia-Jimenez, 36, Aloha; Michael Dean Satterlee, 61, Beaverton; Jose Luis Flores-Solano, 38, Cornelius; Ahmed Azizi-Bahare, 24, Happy Valley; Roberto Carlos Luis-Ramirez, 27, Hillsboro; Mark Smith, 59, Hillsboro; Ronald Lee Thomas Jr., 47, Tigard; Patrick Robert Dempsey, 29, Portland; Dilshod Mirosobirovich Sevarov, 24, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Jonibek Kenjaev, 30, Brooklyn, N.Y.
This is the second large-scale arrest of "johns" in the past year. In June, deputies arrested 37 people on charges of sexual solicitation.
"The involved agencies wish to thank the local hotels who provided resources and assistance during this operation," authorities said in a joint statement.
Additional assistance was provided by the Washington County District Attorney's Office and the Washington County Parole & Probation.