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Fifteen men, ranging in ages from 18 to 67, are scheduled to be arraigned this week on attempted child rape charges after they were arrested in an undercover online sting operation in November.

In a joint operation dubbed “Operation Net Nanny” and involving Washington State Patrol, federal and local agencies, including Yakima and Union Gap police, undercover officers went online posing as young children or a mother offering her children to anyone who would have sex with them, according to officials and court documents.

After the suspects contacted the undercover officers and expressed their desire for sex with underage children, detectives arranged for meetings, either at a house or on a street corner, where the suspects were arrested.

Scheduled for arraignment Monday in Yakima County Superior Court:

  • Bradley Vincent Tschauner, 29, of Ellensburg on charges of attempted first- and second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Frederick Walter Thomson, 67, of Union Gap on suspicion of attempted first- and second-degree child rape.
  • Richie Hunter T. Robertson, 21, of Yakima on charges of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • John Bradley Raymond, 59, of Yakima on charges of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Lucas Noe Martinez, 34, of White Swan on charges of attempted first- and second-degree child rape, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and commercial sex abuse of a minor.
  • Kendrick Bradly Yallup-Littlebull, 20, of Wapato on charges of attempted first- and second-degree child rape.
  • Christian Hernandez, 24, of Yakima on suspicion of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Authorities said Hernandez had his hand on a pistol in his pocket at the time of his arrest.
  • Veniamin Nickolay Gaidaichuk, 28, of Lake Stevens on charges of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Hayden Aaron Erlandson, 22, of Union Gap on charges of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • David Elmo Curry, 34, of Kennewick on charges of attempted first- and second-degree child rape.
  • Brent Mitchell Atkins, 40, of Naches on charges of attempted first- and second-degree child rape, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Scheduled for arraignment Tuesday:

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  • Leonardo Sanchez-Breton, 18, on charges of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Rakinder Singh Randhawa, 26, of Sunnyside on charges of attempted second-degree child rape, commercial sex abuse of a minor, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • Benjamin James Cool, 24, of Nampa, Idaho, on charges of attempted second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Jessie Juan Ramirez, 29, of Yakima on charges of attempted second-degree child rape, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.

As of Saturday, Martinez, Yallup-Littlebull, Gaidaichuk, Raymond, Thomson, Robertson and Hernandez remained in the Yakima County jail. Sanchez-Breton was released on his own recognizance as part of the pretrial release program, while the others have posted bail. All those released were required to check in with court staff as a condition of their release.

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HOW MUCH CRIME HAPPENS IN YOUR TOWN?

How much crime happens in your town?

We used the latest crime rate data from the FBI to illustrate how much crime happens in every part of the Yakima Valley.

First, select a Yakima County law enforcement agency from the left drop down menu. Then select a type of crime from the right menu to see how your town compares.


Crimes reported

Crime rate per 100,000 people

Washington State Rate

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Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Crime rates are reported as the number of incidents known of by law enforcement per 100,000 people living in the jurisdiction.
1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.