11 men and women arrested during Temecula prostitution sting

TEMECULA, Calif. — Authorities say eleven men and women were arrested during a “John” sting in Temecula, Wednesday, March 3. The sting, which was just one of countless recent such operations in the Riverside County area in recent months, was intended to reduce the demand for sex trafficking throughout the region, according to officials.

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Members of the Southwest Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) conducted the operation in partnership with personnel from the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT), according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Sean Liebrand.

Operating in an undercover capacity, officials who conducted the sting placed decoy advertisements on several popular classified advertisement websites that are commonly used for the solicitation of online prostitution, Liebrand explained.

“The undercover operators communicated with prospective customers replying to their posted prostitution (decoy) advertisements,” the Sergeant described. “After brokering an agreement for paid sexual acts, these ‘Johns’, were then arrested upon their arrival to the meeting location.”

As a result of the enforcement effort, a total of eleven people were arrested on misdemeanor prostitution charges.

Those arrested were identified as follows:

  • Marco Antonio Martinez Lugo, 40, a resident of Escondido, Ca.
  • David Christopher Santa Maria, 23, a resident of Menifee, Ca.
  • Joel Leland Archambeault, 40, a resident of Winchester, Ca.
  • David Quinn Young, 41, a resident of Murrieta, Ca.
  • Jeff Lee Jacobs, 51, a resident of Winchester, Ca.
  • Desiree Marie Green, 27, a resident of Hemet, Ca.
  • Stewart Williams Smith, 32, a resident of Menifee, Ca.
  • Roberto Montenegro Cuevas, 33, a resident of Houston, Tx.
  • Ramone Cheers, 33, a resident of Chula Vista, Ca.
  • Abbens Colas, 35, a resident of Corona, Ca.

All subjects arrested were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta before they were issued a citation and released from custody.

“Prostitution is not a victimless crime,” Liebrand said after the operation; adding, “Ninety-five percent of sex trafficking victims are women or children.”

Estimates from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicate that one in six endangered runaways reported are likely victims of sex trafficking. They are often subjected not only to severe forms of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of their trafficker, but are also frequently physically and sexually assaulted by those who solicit them for prostitution.

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“Southwest Station Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Team and the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force seek to disrupt and dismantle sex trafficking rings operating within Riverside County and will aggressively identify, pursue and apprehend those who seek to exploit those whom are most vulnerable,” Liebrand went on to say.

“Southwest Station POP and RCAHT will also proactively work to reduce future demand for sex trafficking by identifying and arresting sex buyers,” Liebrand added.

Anyone with questions about this operation or with information about other potential sexual trafficking cases in Temecula can contact Deputy Valadez of the Southwest Sheriff’s Station SET at (951) 696-3000. Callers can remain anonymous.



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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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 30 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 18 grandchildren.

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