17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff

As part of an on-going effort in Santa Barbara County to reduce the number of victims being abused by human traffickers, Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and Criminal Investigations Bureau conducted a two-day undercover operation in the City of Goleta this past Thursday and Friday night, September 20 and 21, 2018. The purpose of the operation was to curb criminal activity related to purchasing sex. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. During the course of the operation, a total of 17 men were arrested for solicitation of prostitution. The men range from 19 to 78 years of age and reside in different areas of the county.

For this particular sting, investigators placed an online ad on several websites known for online prostitution-related advertisements. The advertisement announced the availability of a female willing to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money. Once the ads were placed, an undercover detective negotiated a sexual act for an amount of money. After the negotiation, the undercover detective gave the person the location of the hotel meeting place. Once the person arrived at the location, the person was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. All subjects arrested were cooperative when contacted by arresting detectives.

The following 17 male subjects were arrested, and then booked and released with a notice to appear for violation of 647(b), PC, solicitation of prostitution.

  • 45-year-old Jeffrey Goddard of Carpinteria

  • 30-year-old Cassidy King of Carpinteria

  • 24-year-old Jorge Sifuentes-Dominguez of Goleta

  • 50-year-old A.Thomas Hunt Jr. of Goleta

  • 41-year-old Matthew Geanta of Santa Barbara

  • 48-year-old Juan Pimentel-Campos of Goleta

  • 39-year-old Jorge Lorca Jr. of Santa Barbara

  • 55-year-old Dr. Richard Davis of Santa Barbara

  • 29-year-old Jose Nava-Carbajal of Santa Barbara

  • 31-year-old Owen Wright of Los Olivos

  • 34-year-old Soupitak Pal of Goleta

  • 19-year-old Joshua Silverstein of Santa Barbara

  • 29-year-old Dimitar Dimtrov of Santa Barbara

  • 23-year-old Rodolfo Cortes-Avelino of Goleta

  • 23-year-old Alain Pereira of Santa Barbara

  • 27-year-old David Joseph Gomez of Santa Barbara

  • 78-year-old Frank Palmer of Goleta


Davis was also found to be in possession of a loaded needle containing suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine and was booked on an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance. He posted $20,000 bail and was released.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to conduct stings, which are intended to curb and deter human trafficking throughout Santa Barbara County. Over the years, the number of online prostitution related advertisements have grown substantially. A majority of the women advertised as prostit utes are victims of various types of abuse and/or human trafficking. One issue that drives human trafficking is the demand for women to engage in sexual exploitation. By conducting this type of operation, the intention is to deter people from searching for a prostitute, thereby reducing the demand and reducing the amount of women who fall victim to the abuse of human trafficking. 

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Yeti Sep 24, 2018 09:10 PM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

What a bag full of losers! Google some of these names and check out their priors. These ARE the right guys to arrest. They help support human trafficking and the exploitation of poor young girls sold into slavery. These guys are complete Knuckle heads and deserve a good shakedown by the cops.

jdoggydogg Sep 24, 2018 10:44 PM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Amazing use of resources, not! Lets embarrass the community by all these photos that were part of a STING set up by local law enforcement. How much was the grant for this operation? Seriously, nothing better to do than set this up? Kinda like a CHP sitting on the highway looking from someone speeding, just like shooting fish in a barrel. Go SB!

a-1537879690 Sep 25, 2018 05:48 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Evidently they're all guilty without a trial.

Who decided public shaming was acceptable for a crime that might not have even occurred?

This type of law enforcement and publicity seems like something that might be done in Iran or Saudi Arabia.

REX OF SB Sep 25, 2018 07:51 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Back in the not-too-distant past, the identity of anyone arrested for any kind of sexual crime was withheld from publication UNTIL CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE FILED. For the Sheriff's Office to release the names AND PICTURES of these suspects is unconscionable. And while I support Edhat 100% in most matters, I question whether publishing these names and pictures is in the best public interest.

a-1537921686 Sep 25, 2018 05:28 PM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Back in the old days at the News-Press, arrest mugshots were rarely published unless it was a crime involving additional victims who might recognize the perpetrator and come forward, or the arrestee was someone well-known whose story -- and photo -- would receive continuing coverage until the person was either convicted or cleared. Readers were too likely to remember the police mugshot and arrest but not the ultimate outcome ("innocent until proven guilty"), editors reasoned.

a-1537885349 Sep 25, 2018 07:22 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

LOL most of these comments are awesome, they restore my faith in humanity. Love that my tax dollars went to this idiocy, while I still can't walk down State Street for fear of some bum attacking me, or sit on any of the benches there lest I get Hep C. Can I get a refund?

jdoggydogg Sep 25, 2018 08:11 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

If human trafficking is what the intent is here, to actually combat human trafficking, then they should actually do THAT. Put some real 'boots on the ground' and go after human trafficking. I wonder, was there a lower level trafficker part of this operation who will 'turn' and lead the law to a 'bigger' trafficker. Does not appear so, so, again, another waste. Would love to see what the gal looked like. Entrapment City.

Sprigofsage Sep 25, 2018 08:38 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

I would like to see the ad or hear arrangements being made to meet - curious if dudes were looking for under-age females. If that were the case I'd say more power to the sting.

a-1537891303 Sep 25, 2018 09:01 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Sprigofsage - if this involved an ad for an under-age female (or male), then that fact would be plastered all over this article. It's not, so I am 99.999999% sure it wasn't so.

Crystalandmaui Sep 25, 2018 08:44 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

I say good job, must start somewhere, wow and DR. Davis had some big plans it appears, really scary. Society, teaching lessons to people never ends, maybe some of them learned something.
You can’t just sit on the wayside and watch. Do something.

a-1537890415 Sep 25, 2018 08:46 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Busting the pimps is the only way to make a dent in human trafficking, not shaming these lonely guys for trying to pay for a little "love." Sure, these guys committed a crime, but a minor one. If you really want to make a difference, focus on the pimps and traffickers, not the "users!" Do you really think any of these guys have the intel or knowledge to help bust the actual traffickers? No, they're just sad and lonely men, and now they are publicly shamed for falling into the cops' misguided trap. Shame on you SB Sheriff's Dept!

shorebird Sep 25, 2018 08:53 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

I can’t help but wonder if the posters protesting this successful sting have been or would be customers who put their own safety at risk. And how many are female? I’m guessing none

a-1537890954 Sep 25, 2018 08:55 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Shorebird - what was "successful" about this? Did any traffickers get taken down? No. Were any women put at risk? No. What exactly was so great about this?

jdoggydogg Sep 25, 2018 12:20 PM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Joyce Dudley rules like the New York authoritarian she is an quite proud of that. Keep in mind this SB College of Law CLOWN stole her job form another DA dying of cancer and fires immediately (Josh Lynne) anyone who dare oppose her. Theres a weird thing going on in the DA office and everyone knows it who works there. Get in line or get out is the policy. I know of those who've been fired there for raising questions on ethics, it's small town BS.

a-1537980445 Sep 26, 2018 09:47 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

PITMIX - If you've been following the national news lately you've observed that facts no longer matter. It is accusations (whether true or not) that can bring down anyone. It is now guilty until proven innocent. So why not just throw all accusations against the wall and see if any of them stick?

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 25, 2018 09:35 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

The problem is that EdHat is NOT news. They are not journalists, nor do they adhere to any ethical code of conduct other than the words of "Peter"... There is no editorial integrity nor any validation or verification of facts. EdHat is a local gossip website / community and this reeks of gossip and shame. In fact, shame on Edhat for publishing such sensationalist drivel while ignoring all sorts of other issues and crimes.

sacjon Sep 25, 2018 09:48 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

SANTABARBAROBSERVER - as much as I despise this "sting" and public shaming, it's all over all the other local news sites, so I wouldn't necessarily blame Edhat for spreading gossip on this one.

Roger Sep 25, 2018 09:54 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

Thank Dog we aien't journalists! Boy put the Homeless and someone from another land some of you are all over their crap a few guys out for some paid fun were SATAN...Will I'm proud to be an evil S.O.B. observe This...

jdoggydogg Sep 25, 2018 12:23 PM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

seriously? where is the journalism???? that is FUNNY! edhat is a blog, it posts things that are happening. that's it. there is no JOURNALISM ON EDHAT. you want journalism, watch Frontline.

a-1538124262 Sep 28, 2018 01:44 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

So you, and those who agreed with you by upvoting your post, read Edhat just to criticize it? HA! ha ha. Yes, Edhat IS A BLOG. Best to you, I hope you find more good outlets.

a-1538124369 Sep 28, 2018 01:46 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

This is a very important point. There are many men out there who don't have any sexual partners, want one, but don't conform to a vision of desirable. Of course paid-for sex should be legal! -- a woman.

Bug Girl Sep 25, 2018 11:02 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

I thought he looked high AF on something and hasn't quite realized that his mug is gonna be around for solicitation of prostitution. Also might be his first offense, so he's used to smiling for pictures.

a-1537900377 Sep 25, 2018 11:32 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

SANTABARBARAOBSERVER: I hope others can observe my reply to your comment before your comment is deleted. My friendly advice to you would be for you to consider giving up accessing Edhat. If you continue scrutinizing Edhat, you may suffer some sort of stress attack due to your overblown expectations of what Edhat should contain and publish. Edhat isn't "all that." It's a site for people to peruse at leisure, perhaps gaining a bit of knowledge about local events and police reports and such. Commenters on Edhat use words like "picticular" (particular) and "your" (instead of "you're"). Edhat staff writers sometimes lack grammar skills (not a lot, but sometimes) and at times the headline captions, written poorly, are a laugh riot. You should take it all with a grain of salt, kick back and enjoy the fact that Edhat is a homespun, rustic effort that has its faults but is nothing if not entertaining.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 26, 2018 07:58 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

I am very sorry that you conflate an opinion on the editorial integrity of a this site with a personal attack on you. EdHat is great for many things (gossip, nostalgia, "what's that siren?") but its not a news service. Not sure why you take that so personally, its simply a fact. EdHat selectively publishes stories based on what they deem worthy - its without any consistency or with journalistic integrity and to make matters worse, they consistently censor comments and stories they personally do not like or that run against their Pollyanna grain... Totally within their right and that's fine but dont confuse that journalism and you wont be so upset when people point out the obvious flaws in their editorial oversight. Shaming innocent men is not a decent act, its cheap and it undermines any semblance of editorial integrity. Its illegal in most countries and it should be illegal in ours. These people are innocent until proven guilty. Remember that and you will not feel so righteous in your condemnation of me or of these and other people shamed by gossip.

Mas Gaviota Sep 25, 2018 11:39 AM
17 Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting

If a website is going to publish photos and names of people arrested for a crime they need to publish EVERY photo and name for every person arrested for any crime


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