Thu. 12:08 p.m.: Eight arrested in Warren undercover sex sting

WARREN – Eight men face charges in connection to an undercover police sting aimed at reducing the demand sex trafficking.

The men were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation by the Warren Police Department and the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, which is part of the the Ohio Attorney General Office’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

Arrested were:

– Lamont Davis, 20, of Warren, on felony charges of promoting prostitution and possession of criminal tools after investigators said he made statements to an undercover officer in an attempt to recruit the officer to work with him in the sex trade;

– Joseph Tennant, 44, of Youngstown, on charges of promoting prostitution, possession of criminal tools, and solicitation after he allegedly attempted to purchase sex for himself and for a friend;

– Dain Bancroft, 55, Mineral Ridge, on charges of solicitation and possession of criminal tools;

– Patrick Cassidy, 54, Hubbard, on charges of solicitation and possession of criminal tools;

– Jay Barbe, 55, West Farmington, on a charge of solicitation;

– Phillip Salus, 50, Salineville, on charges of solicitation and possession of criminal tools;

– Donald Lingenfelter, 48, Sharon, Pa., on charges of solicitation and possession of criminal tools;

– Bryan Calai, 35, Warren, on charges of solicitation and possession of criminal tools.

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