UPDATE: 2 school district employees in sex sting
Two of the men arrested work for the Edmonds School District, according to published reports.
Ian Andrew Moore is a bus driver.
Bryson Candotta is a history teacher at Alderwood Middle School. He graduated from Jackson High School in Mill Creek and says on his school page that he is the JV basketball coach at Jackson.
According to school district spokeswoman Debbie Joyce Jakala, they have been placed on administrative leave.
A 60-year-old Edmonds man is among eight adult males arrested over the weekend in a sex sting dubbed “Operation Anvil.”
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit, in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested eight adult males. The men, who range in age from 26 to 60, all responded to online ads placed by undercover detectives posing as a 15-year-old female.
The Edmonds man was booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child
One suspect, a 30-year-old Seattle man, sent photographs of himself driving a school bus and showed up to meet undercover detectives still driving the bus. A second suspect, a 34-year-old Bothell man, admitted to undercover detectives that he was a teacher.
“Protecting our county’s most vulnerable citizens – our children – will always remain our number one public safety priority. Getting these predators off our streets makes our communities safer,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.
“I’m especially thankful for the partnership and generous support we continue to receive from U.S. Marshals, making this type of operation possible.”
Said Chief Deputy Jacob Green: “The U.S. Marshals Service has a long history of partnering with local law enforcement agencies. Our relationship with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has directly resulted in multiple arrests of sexual predators. Operation Anvil is just another example of what partnering together can accomplish in keeping our communities safer.”
The operation began last Thursday night, Sept. 22, and ended with the last arrest at around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Sept. 25.
In addition to the Edmonds man, the following suspects were arrested and booked:
• A 36-year-old Mountlake Terrace man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child;
• A 26-year-old Marysville man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child;
• A 35-year-old Snohomish man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sexual abuse of a minor;
• A 30-year-old Seattle man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child;
• A 51-year-old Everett man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child and commercial sexual abuse of a minor;
• A 27-year-old St. Louis man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child; and
• A 34-year-old Bothell man, booked for third-degree attempted rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
Detectives continue to process evidence collected in the sting operation, including cell phones and vehicles.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has directly partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service since the creation of the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force (SCVOTF). Established in 2013, the goal of SCVOTF is to coordinate resources with other law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend the worst of the community’s violent offenders.
In July, CVOTF apprehended John Reed, suspected of the execution-style murder of an Arlington couple, in Mexico.
The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit investigates child sexual abuse cases and other crimes against children, including sex crimes via computer.