NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (WJW) — Ten men were arrested in a human trafficking sting Thursday, including the former superintendent of Westlake City Schools and a man who reportedly worked as a teacher at Keystone Middle School in LaGrange.
Arrested was Dan Keenan Jr., 53, of Westlake, who served as superintendent of the Westlake City School District from August 2007 to July 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.
The attorney general’s office confirmed Keenan currently works as the executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, a Cleveland-based nonprofit that supports public schools with grant funding.
Also arrested was Jeffrey Ohl, 53, of LaGrange, who works as a social studies teacher at Keystone Middle School in LaGrange, the office also confirmed.
Eight other men were arrested in a one-day operation headed up by North Olmsted police, the Westshore Enforcement Bureau and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force:
- Ahmed Aljabri, 41, of Cleveland
- Sha Chuwan, 32, of Erie, Pennsylvania
- William Minor, 52, of Cleveland
- Erwin Palma-Torres, 30, of Garrettsville
- Jacob Safran, 32, of Royal Oak, Michigan
- Raymond Schillinger, 53, of Akron
- Carl Whepley Jr., 55, of Perry
- Errol Jackson, 35, of Lorain
Jackson is a registered Tier III sex offender previously arrested for promoting prostitution and currently in the Cuyahoga County Jail, according to the attorney general’s office. He’s expected to face additional charges.
Another person arrested was identified as living in the country illegally, according to the release.
“Yesterday was a banner day for the task force,” Attorney General Dave Yost is quoted in a Friday news release. “Their commitment to wiping out the scourge of human trafficking is making a difference in the lives of the victims and having a big impact on the region.”
Seven potential victims of human trafficking were identified during the sting, and they were directed to resources like the Canopy Child Advocacy Center, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the Harriett Tubman Movement, according to the release.
“The North Olmsted Police Department will not tolerate this type of activity in our city,” Police Chief Bob Wagner is quoted in the release. “We will continue to investigate and prosecute those individuals that come to our city and violate our laws. We greatly appreciate the help from our law enforcement partners and look forward to continuing this relationship in the future.”