18 arrested in two-day juvenile sex sting

FARGO-MOORHEAD (Valley News Live) - Eighteen people were arrested in a multi-agency undercover sex solicitation investigation. The two-day operation happened on June 28 and 29.

The Fargo Police Department, Moorhead Police Department and other regional agencies, conducted Operation Guardian Angel at two local hotels.

Operation Guardian Angel is a federal program to combat the issue of people trying to buy sex with juveniles.

The Fargo Police department posted an ad soliciting sex. They used Backpages.com, Craigslist and various smartphone apps, including Grindr and Whisper.

Law enforcement received 158 responses over a two day period, resulting in 12 arrests in Fargo and 6 arrests in Moorhead. No juveniles were used in this sting. Officers were posing as juvenile girls 15-17 years old.

The following people were arrested in Fargo:

Anjelo Shepherd, 20, West Fargo, ND
Jesse Janke, 29, Fargo, ND
Nicholas Davison, 40, Lisbon, ND
Brandon Murch, 30, Hunter, ND
Thomas Manning, 54, Thief River Falls, MN
Logan Bartlett, 28, Timberlake, SD
Timothy Erickson, 46, Doon, IA
Miguel Rodriguez De La Cruz, 23, Fargo, ND
Michael Moore, 27, Fargo, ND
Christopher Highness, 35, Moorhead, MN
Corey Jermaine Gibbs, 27, St. Louis, MO
James Heily, 28, West Fargo, ND