COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Five men have been arrested on charges of soliciting for child prostitution in Colorado Springs, according to police.
Police said the arrests came as the result of an undercover investigation in February.
The suspects arrested in the investigation were:
- Patrick Martin, 32, charged with Soliciting for Child Prostitution
- Joseph Dimes, 31, charged with Soliciting for Child Prostitution
- Nicholas Fernandez, 42, charged with Soliciting for Child Prostitution
- Nathanael Martens, 27, charged with Soliciting for Child Prostitution, Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
- James Harry, 31, charged with Soliciting for Child Prostitution
- Johnathan Guenther, 67, charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
“Law enforcement agencies across Colorado are committed to working together to protect our state’s children from predators. From all of us at the Colorado Springs Police Department, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our partner agencies, without whom this operation would not have been possible,” says Colorado Springs Police Department Chief Vince Niski.
“We will continue to aggressively pursue the predators who seek to harm our most vulnerable,” El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said. “Through this collaboration, our local law enforcement agencies have been able to provide fast, proactive, and comprehensive work to counter all threats of abuse and exploitation to children. From all of us at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, we would like to thank our partners for their unwavering efforts to combat crimes against children.”
“We’re proud to be a part of such an important operation with our partner agencies to help combat these horrific crimes,” said Capt. Bill Barkley, commander of the Smuggling, Trafficking, and Interdiction Section of the Colorado State Patrol. “What many people don’t understand is just how young these victims actually are, and how devastating an impact these events will have for the rest of their lives.”
“By partnering with state and local law enforcement agencies we effectively target and prosecute child predators making our community safer,” said Steven Cagen, special agent in charge, HSI Denver. “Protecting children is one of our highest priorities and these arrests send a message to those who seek to prey on children, will find you and bring you to justice.”