8 arrested in child solicitation sting

Three regional men have been arrested as part of a two-day operation investigating online solicitation of minors, officials announced Friday.

Dean Richard Luukkonen, 62, of Britt, and Jason Edmund Harwood, 44, of Deer River were arrested on a charge each of distribute via electronic communication sexually explicit material to children, according to a press release from the Duluth Police Department. Ogechukwu Victor Adekweh, 33, was arrested on the charge of engaging in hiring or agreeing to hire a minor to engage in prostitution.

Adekweh has been a physician specializing in emergency medicine at the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital since September 2018. In response to his arrest, the Grand Itasca released the following statement: “We are deeply troubled by the allegations regarding Dr. Adekweh. Although we understand that they involve conduct unrelated to Grand Itasca, he has been placed on administrative leave.”

All three men have been booked into the St. Louis County Jail. No bail has been set.

The Duluth police, St. Louis County Attorney’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension worked together Wednesday and Thursday to lead the BCA’s Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force sting which resulted in the arrest of men aged 22 to 62 with in-state addresses in Britt, Grand Rapids, Deer River, Duluth, Silver Bay and Buffalo.

Benjamin William Scott, 32, and James Bryan Quiambao, 22, were both arrested on the charge of engaging in hiring or agreeing to hire a minor to engage in prostitution, according to the press release. Scott Steven Huber, 26, of Buffalo, was also arrested on the charge of distribute via electronic communication sexually explicit material to children.

Devivaraprasad Telegam, 35, was arrested on the charge of engaging in hiring or agreeing to hire a minor to engage in prostitution, according to the press release which did not provide his address. Luke Alexander Unruh, 36, of Silver Bay, was also arrested on the charge of engaging in hiring or agreeing to hire a minor to engage in prostitution.

The cases remain under investigation. All men are awaiting to be formally charged by the county attorney’s office.

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