CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Sixteen of the 17 men who were caught up in the latest sex sting from the Valley’s Human Trafficking Task Force made their initial appearances in court Tuesday afternoon.

The suspects took turns before Mahoning County Judge Molly Johnson in Canfield.

All were picked up over the weekend as part of a statewide effort to crack down on human trafficking.

  • Ronnie Lampkin, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Herbert Lashorn, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Benjamin Virga, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Thomas Baker, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Thomas Ashby, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Jay Emmert, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Robert Hartsock, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Michael Beal, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Glenn Jones, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • John Burnett, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Mark Dupuis, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Gary Minch, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Carlos Rush, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Justin Teague, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Jeremiah Torrence, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Gary Wellendorf, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting
  • Jake McMahon, mugshot, charged in human trafficking sting

They were all accused of trying to arrange for sex with underage children but met police and sheriff’s deputies when they arrived at the designated location.

Bonds were set for the suspects who are from all around the country, and they will have preliminary hearings later.

The 17th suspect was arraigned Monday in Columbiana County Court.