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Posted on: April 5, 2021

Ten Child Predators Arrested after Multi-Day Operation

Mug Shots, collage of the 10 Op Home Alone arrestees

YORK COUNTY, SC - Ten potential child predators have been arrested. For multiple days during the month of March, the York County Sheriff’s Office along with 13 other state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in an online child exploitation investigation called “Operation Home Alone”. 

The operation took place at several different locations including an undisclosed residence. The York County Sheriff’s Office is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office which work together to track down, identify and prosecute those individuals who prey on children. 

This operation was a joint effort between multiple law enforcement agencies across the Carolinas which includes the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, South Carolina Attorney Generals’ Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations, US Secret Service, York Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, Fort Mill Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Charleston Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. 

At any given time, there were 25-40 officers, analyst, and additional staff members working diligently during this operation.  Officers were online in numerous social media applications and were contacted by these suspects. 

Seven of the ten arrestees, dubbed as travelers, actually came to the residence or attempted to come to the residence of the operation. These men believed they were traveling to a location to have a sexual encounter with a minor. The ages of the children they thought they were coming to have sex with were 10 to 17-years-old.  

“We want our communities safe, we want our internet safe,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson. “If these suspects had not been identified and arrested talking to an officer, they would likely have been talking to a live child victim.”

These suspects target children online. More often than not, they have been a hands-on offender at some point with a victim who may or may not have ever come forward. 

“The message we need to communicate to parents in our community is, it’s extremely important to know what your children are doing on their phones,” said Sheriff Tolson. “Know what your child’s passwords are, know what apps they are using, and check them from time to time to see who they are talking with in chat rooms or texts.” 

Additional suspects are still being identified. Once they are positively identified and located, they will be arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

During a similar investigation in November 2019, 15 arrests were made.

The list of arrestees are as follows:

Arrestees: 

1.    David Medina Osorio

  • AGE: 34
  • Williow Wood Lane, Rock Hill, SC 
  • OCCUPATION: Unemployed 
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree, Criminal solicitation of a minor

2.    Donald Dewaine Dorsey

  • AGE: 42
  • Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land, SC
  • OCCUPATION: Unemployed
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree, Criminal solicitation of a minor

3.    Jose Jesus Garcia-Arellano

  • AGE: 25 
  • Goldsboro, NC 
  • OCCUPATION: Unemployed
  • CHARGE(S): Sexual Exploitation of a Minor 1st Degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree, Criminal solicitation of a minor (X2), Disseminate Obscene Material to a Person less than 18-years-old

4.    Joseph Scott Varalli

  • AGE: 30
  • York, SC
  • OCCUPATION: Unemployed
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree, Promoting the Prostitution of a Minor

5.    Keith Alan Grey

  • AGE: 44
  • China Grove, NC
  • OCCUPATION: Unknown
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal solicitation of a minor, Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Victim under 11 years of age 1st Degree, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor 1st Degree.

6.    Michael John Worley

  • AGE: 48
  • Canton, NC
  • OCCUPATION: Construction
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
  • ADDITIONAL: Registered sex offender in North Carolina. Just released from federal prison November 2020. Off house arrest March 1, 2021. 

7.    Scott Robert Pless

  • AGE: 52
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • OCCUPATION: Auto Body Mechanic 
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal Solicitation of a Minor.

8.    Walter Glenn Witherspoon

  • AGE: 41
  • Le Grange, NC
  • OCCUPATION: Truck Driver
  • CHARGE(S): Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree, Promoting the Prostitution of a Minor

9.    Dennis James Hastings

  • AGE: 60
  • Chester, SC
  • OCCUPATION: Machinist
  • CHARGE(S): Sexual Exploitation of a Minor 1st Degree

10.    Nilesh Karthikeya Aleti

  • AGE: 29
  • Charlotte, NC
  • OCCUPATION: Independent software company
  • CHARGE(S): Promoting the Prostitution of a Minor



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