Former RSO Chief Deputy, 72, swept up in Temecula prostitution sting

TEMECULA — A former, high-ranking sheriff’s official was one of ten people arrested in a recent “John” prostitution and narcotic sting operation conducted in Temecula, according to officials who recently announced the arrests. Last Thursday’s sting targeted men who sought sex in exchange for money, a sheriff’s Sgt. explained after the operation.

In a press release that made no mention of his previous position with the department, officials reported that Ron Fredrick Dye, 72, of Murrieta, was one of ten people arrested for solicitation of prostitution and other charges as a result of the sting. Dye was a Chief Deputy and served under former Sheriff Stan Sniff before retiring from the agency.


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“At the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, Temecula Special Teams coordinated a comprehensive ‘John’ prostitution and narcotic sting operation,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Menchaca reported after the sting and arrests.

The operation was conducted primarily as a prostitution sting that targeted men soliciting an undercover female deputy for sexual favors in exchange for money, according to Menchaca; who explained that during the operation Special Teams deputies simultaneously worked a narcotics investigation targeting subjects with active warrants known to buy and/or sell illegal drugs. 

During Thursday’s sting operation, the following ten people were arrested and later booked at Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta: 

  • Jeir Castillo, HMA, 25-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Anthony Garcia, HMA, 21-year-old resident of Temecula, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Ron Dye, WMA, 72-year-old resident of Murrieta, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Everett Mays, BMA, 53-year-old resident of Temecula, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Chad Nehlsen, WMA, 41-year-old resident of Murrieta, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Daniel Wolff (WMA, 31-year-old resident of Temecula, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Juan Juan, HMA, 46-year-old resident of Wildomar, Ca. / Prostitution
  • Alfredo Becerra, HMA, 33-year-old Temecula transient / Possession of Illegal Narcotics and Felony Violation of Probation
  • Derrick Kendrick, BMA, 25-year-old resident of Winchester, Ca. / Possession of Illegal Narcotics
  • William Blackmon, WMA, 38-year-old Menifee transient / Possession of Illegal Narcotics and Felony Warrant

After the successful operation Menchaca explained, “Temecula Sheriff Special Teams will continue to work vice (prostitution) and narcotic stings in the Temecula area to improve quality of life for residents, deter prostitution and the use/possession of illegal narcotics.”

Contacted for further information about Dye’s arrest, a Riverside County Sheriff’s spokesperson said other than what was originally reported the Department had no further details to release.

Anyone with questions regarding this operation is encouraged to call Deputy Vigil at the Temecula Sheriff’s Station at (951) 696-3119.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and

Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.