Sebastian, Vero Beach Human Trafficking and Sex Arrests – Part 6

Part 6 - Sebastian and Vero Beach arrests in connection with prostitution and human trafficking.
Part 6 - Sebastian and Vero Beach arrests in connection with prostitution and human trafficking.

SEBASTIAN – On Friday, we noticed a lot more men arrested in Sebastian in connection to the massage parlor prostitution case.

Sebastian Police Department, Vero Beach Police Department, and the Indian River County Sherrif’s Office are making arrests in association with the massage parlors that were raided on Tuesday. The charges include human trafficking, racketeering, and prostitution.

Below is a list of clients who were charged with prostitution after visiting the Sebastian and Vero Beach massage parlors. We will publish additional lists as they are made available. This list is Part 6.

SEBASTIAN

James Daniel Ryder, 58, Unemployed
James Daniel Ryder, 58, Unemployed
Bruce Robert Purple, 68, Retired
Bruce Robert Purple, 68, Retired
Justin Lee Bauer, 34, Landscaping
Justin Lee Bauer, 34, Landscaping
William Graham Marcellus Hayes, 33
William Graham Marcellus Hayes, 33
Patrick Vincent Brown, 36, Construction Worker
Patrick Vincent Brown, 36, Construction Worker
Kevin Paul Lightbody, 32, Construction Worker
Kevin Paul Lightbody, 32, Construction Worker
Jeremiah Moshe Cohen, 43
Jeremiah Moshe Cohen, 43

VERO BEACH

Robert Jeffery Walter, 45
Robert Jeffery Walter, 45
Clement McBride, 58, Disabled
Clement McBride, 58, Disabled
Joseph Ray Moyer, 31, Mechanic
Joseph Ray Moyer, 31, Mechanic
Joseph Henry Weissenberg, 54, Self Employed
Joseph Henry Weissenberg, 54, Self Employed
John Patrick Crain, 73, Retired
John Patrick Crain, 73, Retired
Roman L. Gamez, 43, Self Employed
Roman L. Gamez, 43, Self Employed
Stanley John Hart, 47
Stanley John Hart, 47
Phillip William Baxton, 62, Retired
Phillip William Baxton, 62, Retired
Gerard Mazza, 52, Retired
Gerard Mazza, 52, Retired

Police said they first learned about the spa at Riverview Shopping Plaza by the health department. Next, they sent undercover officers in the business and found that the massage therapists were conducting prostitution.

During the investigation, officials discovered that the businesses were performing human trafficking, sex trafficking, and labor trafficking.

During a press conference on Thursday, Sheriff Deryl Loar said that each spa most likely grossed over $1 million a year in the massage prostitution ring.

We started publishing the prostitution arrests early Wednesday. You can also view them here:

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4
  5. Part 5
  6. Part 6
  7. Part 7
  8. Part 8
  9. Part 9
  10. Part 10
  11. Part 11
  12. Part 12

These are the clients who allegedly paid for prostitution at several massage parlors in Sebastian and Vero Beach.


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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies. In 2002, he permanently moved back to Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.