Grays Harbor Residents included in an online sex predator sting

The ’s (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF) arrested 20 men and one woman during a multi-day operation targeting individuals who wanted to sexually exploit children.

This includes 2 local men, from Elma and Montesano, and an Elma woman.

The Olympian reports that in the 21 total arrests, this includes 42 year old Arthur David Fowler of Elma and 34 year old Adam Joseph Persell of Montesano.

They had their first appearance in Court on Tuesday.

Jennifer Graen of Elma also saw court on Tuesday. She was arrested for allegedly dealing in depictions, possession of depictions and sexual exploitation of a minor in Grays Harbor.

“It’s vital we take these child predators off the streets and keep our children safe,” says Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste. “Through collaboration with our partners, we are making the internet safer for kids and are also able to protect the most vulnerable community members from abuse.”

Law enforcement from multiple agencies went undercover on numerous websites looking to lure sexual predators.

“The operation generated hundreds of responses.” said Batiste “The would-be perpetrators arrested agreed to travel to meet with undercover detectives posing as young girls and boys to engage in sexual activity with them.”

As a result of the operation, detectives were able to rescue four children who were at risk of being abused.

 

 

Charging information posted by The Olympian:

▪ Antaeus Laurent Clark, 29, was charged with first- and second-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sexual abuse of a minor. Bail was set at $400,000. Prosecutors said Clark is a California resident who has an active warrant on a drug conviction. He was arrested Sunday at the apartment complex and was carrying cash and condoms.

▪ Arthur David Fowler, 42, of Elma was charged with second-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000. Prosecutors said Fowler has no criminal history beyond a driving violation in 1990. He was arrested Sept. 9 after agreeing to meet an 11-year-old girl for sex.

▪ Adam Joseph Persell, 34, of Montesano was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted rape of a child and one count of second-degree attempted rape of a child. He was arrested Sept. 9 after agreeing to meet with children ages 13, 11 and 6 for sex. Bail was set at $500,000. Persell has a 2001 conviction for second-degree rape of a child, according to court documents, and faces life in prison without parole if he is convicted of the newest charges.

▪ Jennifer D. Graen, 44, was arrested Sept. 12 in connection with the operation and is being held in on three charges: second-degree dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct; second-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct; and sexual exploitation of a minor. Bail was set at $150,000. According to court documents, Graen’s case is linked to the Vahanian case. Vahanian told detectives that he had made contact with Graen on the dating website Plenty of Fish, and that she was offering a 5-year-old child for sex.

 ▪ Nathan Ahman Vahanian, 51, of Bucoda was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted rape of a child and one count of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Bail was set at $100,000. He was arrested Sept. 10 after arranging to have sex with two children under age 12. In addition to finding onesies, lubricant and condoms in Vahanian’s vehicle, police found a pornographic image of an underage girl while searching his phone.

▪ Ezra Danilo Wright, 20, was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000. He lives on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and has no prior criminal history, according to prosecutors. He was arrested Sept. 9 after agreeing to meet an 11-year-old girl for sex.

▪ Dale Maurice Olea, 31, of Lacey was charged with third-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $40,000. He has no prior criminal history, according to prosecutors. He was arrested Sept. 10 after agreeing to meet for sex with at least one underage child, and was carrying condoms at the time of his arrest.

▪ Nathan Bill Wiggs, 45, of Lacey was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000. He has no prior criminal history, according to prosecutors. He was arrested Sept. 10 after arranging to meet an 11-year-old girl for sex, and police found condoms in the front seat of his vehicle.

▪ Bryan Earle Glant, 20, of Mercer Island was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000. He has no prior criminal history, according to prosecutors. He was arrested Sept. 11 upon arriving to meet two children under age 12 for sex. Detectives found a bottle of lubricant on Glant.

▪ Troy Eugene Dubes, 53, of Lacey was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child, second-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sex abuse of a minor. Bail was set at $50,000. He has no prior criminal history, aside from a driving conviction in 1990, according to prosecutors. He was arrested Sunday after agreeing to pay for sex with two children ages 12 and 7, and was found to be carrying cash, condoms and lubricant.

▪ Joseph Michael Schoneck, 41, of Tumwater was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child, second-degree attempted rape of a child, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Bail was set at $100,000. He was arrested Sept. 9 after agreeing to meet with three children ages 13, 11 and 6 for sex. His criminal history includes driving convictions in the late 1990s along with burglary convictions in 1989 and 1993, according to documents.

▪ Kyle Jackson, 28, of Tacoma was charged with first- and second-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000. He was arrested Sept. 11 after arriving at the apartment for sex with two children ages 11 and 13 while carrying cherry-flavored condoms. He initially told officers that he came to save the children, but eventually admitted he was lonely and seeking a family connection, according to court documents.

▪ Leslie Joe Vopat, 59, of Shelton was charged with second-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sexual abuse of a minor. He was arrested Sept. 7 after agreeing to meet for sex with a boy he believed was 13. He was released on bail, which was set at $40,000. Arraignment is set for Sept. 20.

▪ John Stephen Moore, 47, of Lacey was charged with second-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sexual abuse of a minor. He was arrested Sept. 7 after agreeing to meet a 13-year-old boy for sex. He was released on bail, which was set at $40,000. Arraignment is set for Sept. 20.

▪ Steven Wayne Wolsieffer, 30, of Lacey was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Bail was set at $500,000. He was arrested Sept. 8 after agreeing to meet with an 11-year-old girl for sex.

▪ Michael Paul Haxton, 25, of Lacey was charged with first- and second-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $250,000. He was arrested Sept. 8 after agreeing to meet for sex with children ages 12, 11 and 6. Upon his arrest, police found candy, nail polish, a stuffed animal and a ball.

▪ Daniel John Masters, 51, of Lake Stevens was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $50,000. He was arrested Sept. 12 after he agreed to meet for sex with two underage children. During the arrest, detectives found an unopened box of condoms on Masters. He has no known criminal convictions.

▪ Douglas D. Presley, 48, of was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted rape of a child and one count of second-degree attempted rape of a child. Bail was set at $100,000. He was arrested Sept. 12 after he agreed to meet for sex with three underage children. According to court documents, his criminal history includes a theft conviction in 2004.

▪ Gabriel A. Garcia, 45, was charged with first-degree attempted rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Bail was set at $100,000. Garcia has no known criminal convictions. He is a civilian who lives at Joint Base Lewis-McChord with family members who serve in the Army. He was arrested Sept. 13 after he agreed to meet for sex with two girls ages 11 and 6. Upon his arrest, detectives found condoms, apple-flavored lubricant and a small purple vibrator.

 

The operation was a collaborative effort involving the following agencies:

  • Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF)
  • Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Olympia Police Department
  • Tumwater Police Department
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Washington State
  • Lacey Police Department
  • Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shelton Police Department
  • United States Postal Inspection Service
  • S. Homeland Security Investigations
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations Child Exploitation Task Force
  • Washington State Office of the
  • Thurston County Narcotic Task Force
  • United States Attorneys Office.
  • United States Army – Criminal Investigation Division

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