The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted a joint undercover operation that resulted in the arrest of 18 men that law enforcement said were attempting to have sex with a minor. 

According to a TBI news release, the two-day operation was conducted by the TBI’s Human Trafficking Unit, the Spring Hill Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and the office of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper. 

The TBI reports that the operation began on July 8 in an effort to curb human trafficking by placing several fake advertisements on several unidentified websites that law enforcement said are known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex. 

“The focus of the operation was to identify and recover potential victims of human trafficking as well as identify those seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors,” the TBI said in the news release.

Jeremiah McSpaddin, 36, of Spring Hill, Marvin Sparkman, 29, of Columbia, Steven McCanless, 26, of Culleoka, David Christopher May, 26, of Fayetteville, and Matthew Brewer, 47, of Centerville, were all charged with solicitation of a minor

TBI Spring Hill sex sting operation July 2021 suspect mug shots

Suspects arrested by the TBI as part of an undercover sex sting operation in Spring Hill on July 8 and 9, 2021.

Andrew Myung Kim, 38, of Franklin, Haojie Wang, 32, of Brentwood, Brian Mitchell, 50, of Thompson’s Station, Pablo Godines Cervantes, 51, and Ketankumar Patel, 53, both of Columbia, Nabi Rahman, 33, of Nashville, Georgie George, 25, of Clarksville, Patrick Harris, 32, of Murfreesboro, Suleiman Musa Osman, 38, of Chattanooga, Bryce Lawson, 24, of Charles, La., Juan Gabriel Hernandez Eufracio, 36, of Huntsville, Ala., Ivan Ashley, 49, of Dania, Fla., and Luis Diaz-Mendez, 27, Baton Rouge, La., we’re all charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor

All 18 men were booked into the Maury County Jail, and law enforcement officials said that additional charges could be pending.

Law enforcement also said that their operation was also supported by End Slavery Tennessee, a group that works to which provide services to survivors of human trafficking.

No further information about the operation or the criminal cases has been released.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.