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Weeki Wachee Man Snared in Undercover Sex Trafficking Sting

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He was one of five arrested, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez has announced the arrests of three men in connection with federal charges related to child sex trafficking.

Justin Latronica, 30, of Orange Park; James Allen Shook, 48, of Weeki Wachee; and Timothy Veres, III, 24 of Jacksonville were charged in federal courts in connection with the attempted online enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. Veres was also charged with soliciting for images depicting the sexual abuse of a child. Each faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

According to court records, in January 2020, Latronica, Shook, and Veres each traveled to an undercover location for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with individuals they believed to be between 12 and 14 years old.

These arrests were part of a joint operation conducted between Jan. 24 and Jan. 27 in Orange Park. The agencies involved include the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Florida ICAC task force. The proactive operation was conducted to identify and arrest those who perform predatory acts and exploit children online.

As part of the operation, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office also arrested two men, Abhishek Shah, 30, of Jacksonville, and Che’ Jenkins Jr., 22, also of Jacksonville, who have each been charged in state court with violating state law by traveling to meet a minor to engage in an unlawful sex act, soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computer services or devices, and the unlawful use of a two-way communications device.

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