8 arrested during human trafficking sting in northeast Ohio

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Eight men were arrested as a part of an undercover operation aimed at reducing demand for sex trafficking.

The suspects were arrested after investigators said they responded to online advertisements placed by law enforcement.

Authorities say the men exchanged messages with an undercover officer and went to a location in Warren expecting a sexual encounter for-hire with an adult woman.

Lamont Davis, 20, of Warren, was arrested on felony charges of promoting prostitution and possession of criminal tools after investigators said he allegedly made statements to the undercover officer to recruit them to work with him in the sex trade.

Joseph Tennant, 44, of Youngstown, was charged with promoting prostitution, possession of criminal tools and solicitation after he allegedly attempted to purchase sex for himself and for a friend.

The following were arrested on charges of possession of criminal tools and/or solicitation:

  • Dain Bancroft, 55, Mineral Ridge (solicitation, possession of criminal tools)
  • Patrick Cassidy, 54, Hubbard (solicitation, possession of criminal tools)
  • Jay Barbe, 55, West Farmington (solicitation)
  • Phillip Salus, 50, Salineville (solicitation, possession of criminal tools)
  • Donald Lingenfelter, 48, Sharon, Pennsylvania (solicitation, possession of criminal tools)
  • Bryan Calai, 35, Warren (solicitation, possession of criminal tools)