Stark, Tuscarawas County men arrested in Human Trafficking operation


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Seventeen area men are facing charges as the result of a human trafficking investigation by the Jackson Township Police Department, and The Summit County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 8.

The following men are facing misdemeanor charges of Engaging in Prostitution and Possession of Criminal Tools for answering online advertisement offering explicit sexual services in exchange for payment:

Dwayne T. Murray, age 31, Kent

Willie A. Fountain III, age 46, North Jackson

Michael E. Lyon, age 53, Dover

Ger Vang, age 34, Akron

Joseph Sherwood, age 45, Medina

Michael K. Hoover, age 39, Canton

James P. Cooney, age 47, Brunswick

Keith D. Larew, age 50, Salem

Terry Renner, age 64, Massillon

Rajiv Abichandani, age 38, Aurora

Robert L. Kassler, age 50, Massillon

Robert D. Hoover, age 61, Chagrin Falls

Walter L. Martin, age 53, Akron

Robert J. Yoder, age 49, Apple Creek

John M. Kenzie, age 58, Coventry Township

Derek E. Rucker, age 60, Akron,

One man, Shane L. Gammel, age 48, of Canton, is facing other counts in addition to the previously mentioned charges: Possession of Drugs (F5) and Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (F4).

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Stark County Metro Narcotics, North Canton Police Department, Springfield Township Police Department, and the Massillon City Prosecutor’s Office