Rodney Joel Swank, 50, of Westminster, was arrested on July 3,on suspicion of attempting to solicit a year-old male for sexual contact. David Walker Bryan, 41, of Anaheim, a registered sex offender who pleaded not guilty in February to five felonies, including possession of child pornography.
Alvin Huynh, 24, of Foothill Ranch, was charged in connection with the sting — including attempting to sell marijuana to the fictitious girl. He is out of custody pending trial after pleading not guilty in July, according to court records. Gregory Ruiz Aguirre, left, 53, of El Monte, was found guilty of three felonies, including going to meet a minor for a lewd purpose, prosecutors said.
Gabriel Francis Preto, 28, right, of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty on April 29,to various criminal counts related to the arrest and was sentenced to two years in state prison. All six men arrested in an undercover sting operation targeting Internet child predators thought they would be hooking up with a year-old girl.
Instead, they were handcuffed, booked and charged with soliciting a minor to perform sexual acts with them. The sting, conducted by Huntington Beach police from December through Maycontinues to yield convictions and prison sentences for the six men, all of whom responded to a fictitious ad on Craigslist.
Jurors at the West Justice Center in Westminster deliberated a couple of hours before finding Gregory Ruiz Aguirre, 53, of El Monte, guilty of three felonies, including going to meet a minor for a lewd purpose, prosecutors said. Aguirre also was convicted of attempted lewd conduct with a minor under 14 and communicating with a minor for a lewd purpose.
He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced March In December, Howard Houchen Wang, 38, of Mission Viejo pleaded guilty to four felonies and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
A third defendant, Gabriel Francis Preto, 28, of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty on April 29, to various criminal counts related to the arrest and was sentenced to two years in state prison. A pretrial is set for March Villapando was charged with three felonies, he pleaded not guilty, and he is out of custody pending trial, according to court records.
A pretrial is scheduled for March 25 and a jury trial is set for June 2. Prior to the start of the Craigslist sting in DecemberHuntington Beach police arrested two other men on similar charges.
Brazelton pleaded guilty on Nov. On Jan. A jury last month found Swank guilty of attempting to distribute and exhibit lewd material to a minor and luring a minor with intent to commit a crime. Swank is in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25, according to court records.
Russell Reinhart. Contact the writer: or ghardesty ocregister.
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