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Sting nets 9 arrests in Yellowstone County on sexual abuse of children charge

Posted at 11:14 AM, Nov 02, 2021

BILLINGS - The Billings Police Department announced Tuesday that eight Billings men and a man from Minnesota have been arrested in a sting operation aimed at those who solicit sex from minors.

The men were arrested following an operation that included several agencies over a two-day period in late October. Agencies involved in the Billings area sting included The Billings Police Department; the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office; Homeland Security Investigations; and the FBI.

The operation targeted suspects who solicited minors online with the intent to engage in sexual activity or meet adults trafficking minors for sex, the press release states.

The nine suspects arrested in the Billings area operation include:

- Martin Jimenez, 27 of Billings

Martin Jimenez

- Thomas Sebastian, 23 of Billings

Thomas Sebastian

- Jacob Ramirez, 40 of Billings

Jacob Ramirez

- Kyle Swindler, 40 of Billings

Kyle Swindler

- Jason Kroepelin, 32 of Billings

Jason Kroepelin

- Danny Haydal, 64 of Billings

Danny Haydal

- Dustin Rudolph, 33 of Billings

Dustin Rudolph

- David Schultz, 52 of Hayfield, Min.

David Schultz

- Abraham Montez, 39 of Billings

Abraham Montez

A man was also arrested in Wyoming as a result of the operation, the press release states. James Moore, 46 of Gillette, was arrested for coercion or enticement of prostitution.