5 arrests in human trafficking sting of men looking for minors

TBI conducts undercover investigation in Dayton, Tennessee

DAYTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – An undercover operation in Dayton has led to the arrest of five men from across the Tennessee Valley on seeking illicit sex from minors.

Last week, undercover officers placed decoy ads on websites used for prostitution and commercial sex.

The TBI reports five arrests from the sting:

*Eugenio D. Bautista (DOB 06/14/1998), Dayton: Two counts Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act, two counts especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

*Kevin S. Cormier (DOB08/01/1967), Spring City: Two counts Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act.

*Devin Wayne Riddle (DOB 06/24/1993), Chickamauga, GA: One count Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act, one count Manufacture, Delivery, Sell of Possession of Methamphetamine, one count Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.

*Kevin Ramirez Vasquez (DOB 07/23/2003), Chattanooga: One count Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act.

*Erik Alan Zeliski (DOB 09/26/1974), Ooltewah: One count Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act.

This is the TBI’s third such sting operation this year after conducting 13 across the state in 2021.

This is the third such operation conducted by TBI special agents and other law enforcement partners in 2022. This operation in the 12th Judicial District included the planning and execution assistance and cooperation from District Attorney General Michael Taylor and Dayton Police Chief Chris Sneed and their respective departments. In 2021, 13 similar operations were conducted across the state, aimed at reducing human trafficking.

Booking photos of the individuals charged are available on the TBI Newsroom blog at www.tbinewsroom.com.

Information about human trafficking and TBI’s efforts to address this type of crime can be found online at www.ITHasToStop.com.

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