Five men have been arrested this week in an operation targeting child predators, Woodstock Police Department announced Friday.

In an undercover chat operation, the five were arrested after showing up to undisclosed locations to meet who they thought was a girl under 16 for sex, according to police. The weeklong operation was conducted by Woodstock Police and the GBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Arrest warrants will also be secured for more individuals as part of the operation, according to Woodstock Police These individuals were involved in online chats with what they believed to be a female under the age of 16. Police are not releasing those names until the investigation is completed.

The five arrested are:

♦ David Lara-Amador, 30, of Canton, arrested with charges of enticing a child to commit an indecent act, attempted child molestation, attempted aggravated child molestation

♦ Tagboo Nkemakonam Ezenwa, 28, of Lithia Springs, charged with child exploitation, attempted child molestation, attempt of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

♦ Ethan Leo Aumer, 20, of Alpharetta, charged with sexual exploitation of a child, attempted child molestation, attempted sodomy

♦ Mark Allen Blanton, 57, of Woodstock, charged with computer child exploitation

♦ Nicholas Dominguez, 24, of Canton, charged with computer child exploitation, attempted child molestation.

Friday afternoon, Ezenwa was in custody without bond, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. Lara-Amador was in custody with a bond of $11,000. Aumer, Blanton and Dominguez have been released on bonds of $14,018.50, $2,812.50 and $10,000 respectively.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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