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On Thursday, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation El Paso Division, along with representatives of several local and state law enforcement agencies announced the conclusion of Operation April Fools.
The operation was described as a “sexual coercion and enticement of a minor operation” that took place from April 23rd and 24th, 2021.
“The FBI will always be vigilant in pursuing those who choose to prey on our community’s children,” said Jeffrey L. Coburn, Acting Special Agent in Charge of FBI El Paso Division.
“I would like to thank our law enforcement partners and their task force officers as part of the FBI’s El Paso Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking task force for their commitment to making these arrests.”
More than 67 investigative personnel conducted undercover operations, executed search warrants, and arrested suspects. The operation resulted in the arrest of 4 individuals, who are charged with offenses ranging from Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Possession of a Visual Depiction Involving the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Additionally, the operation resulted in three federal arrests and one state arrest.
According to law enforcement officials, three men have been charged federally with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to
engage in sexual activity.
Charged were 35-year old Armando Rafael Mascorro (US Citizen), 30-year old Justin Allen Thomas (US Citizen), and 34-year old Carlos Adan Hernandez (legally admitted permanent resident) were arrested separately for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Also charged was 38-year old Genaro Dominguez (US Citizen), with state charges on attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
“It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” law enforcement officials added.
The ‘Operation April Fools’ task force was compromised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Against Children Squad, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, El Paso Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, El Paso County Constable’s Office Precinct One, El Paso County Constable’s Office Precinct Four, El Paso County Constable’s Office Precinct Six, the United States Attorney’s Office – Western District of Texas, and the El Paso District Attorney’s Office.