HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESCUE PROJECT: OPERATION GUARDIAN ANGEL (Naval Recruiter among four men indicted for sex trafficking of a child)


Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Matt J. Whitworth,announced that four men were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in four separate cases, oncharges related to the sex trafficking of children.  The indictments are the result ofOperation Guardian Angel, a unique undercover law enforcement investigation targeting the demandfor child prostitutes in the Kansas City area.  Shane Allan Childers, 32, of Olathe, Kan.,Christopher M. Cockrell, 33, of Armory, Miss., Steven C. Albers, 40, of Kansas City, Mo., andRichard J. Oflyng, 31, of Ottawa, Kan., were each charged with the attempted commercial sextrafficking of a child and with using the Internet and telephone to attempt to induce a child toengage in prostitution in a series of indictments returned by a federal grand jury in KansasCity.  Childers, an active duty naval recruiter, and
Cockrell, a finance manager for an Armory automotive dealership, were each also charged withtraveling across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct, that is, acommercial sex act with a person under 18 years of age.  Albers is an insurance manager at aPlaza office.  Oflyng is a truck driver who drove his tractor-trailer to an undercoverlocation.
(Kansas City, Mo)