Teacher, 9 others arrested in sting
The charges include child sex trafficking and solicitation.
Ten men, including a Denver schoolteacher, were arrested lastweek in a child predator sting operation by federal agents and Adams County authorities.
Homeland Security Investigations says three of the men also were found to be Mexicans living in the country illegally and that they might be deported.
Those arrested face felony charges, including attempted child sex trafficking, solicitation of a child prostitute and attempted child sex assault.
Homeland Security Investigations spokeswoman Karissa Marcum said the Denver County sheriff’s office, CommerceCity police, the State Patrol and prosecutors alsowere involved in the operation.
The undercover sting took place Thursday and Friday. Marcum declined to talk about the details of the operation.
Prosecutors say the teacher arrested was 35year- old David Joseph Hocker, who works atWarrenVillage. He is accused of two counts each of attempted child sex trafficking, soliciting a child prostitute and attempted child sex assault.
WarrenVillage, in a statement released Tuesday night, said Hocker was employed at the learning center for eight days as a substitute teachers aide for school- age children.
“The alleged incident did not take place on theWarren Village campus, and we are confident that no wrongdoing occurred at Warren Village,” the release said.
Warren Village did typical background and referance checks on Hocker, including through the sex- offender registry.
“All background checks and vetting reviews came back clean,” the release said. “There were no red flags from any vetting efforts.”
According to an arrest affidavit, Hocker agreed to pay $ 300 for sex with two girls— ages 11 and 14— for an hour. Officials say the teacher didn’t know he was really talking with undercover officers after responding to an ad placed on Backpage. com.
Prosecutors asked that Hocker’s bail be set at $ 100,000 — well above the $ 20,000 standard for the charges he faces— because “he is a danger to the community.” In a motion, the district attorney’s office saidHocker has a history of working with children.
Federal agents say they believe Hocker could have more victims fromhiswork with children and ask anyone with information to call 1- 866- DHS- 2- ICE.
Another man arrested, 34- year- old Surat Suvanprateep, is an employee at Aurora Public Schools who works in a warehouse position that does not put him in contact with children, prosecutors say.