Mug shots released: 6 accused of soliciting minors for sex during online sting operation

HOUSTON – Six men were arrested and charged after a sex sting operation last week in Harris County, the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office announced Tuesday.

Undercover law enforcement officers posed as minors online to identify, locate and apprehend adults willing to travel to meet children for sex.

Authorities said the suspects listed below conversed online with those they believed to be juvenile males and females and traveled from their home areas to the undisclosed location in northwest Harris County to engage in sexual acts with these “children.” When the suspects arrived at a location, law enforcement were instead there and arrested them, authorities said.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Humble Police Department, Missouri City Police Department, Texas DPS, Fort Bend County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office, League City Police Department, Katy ISD Police Department, Conroe Police Department, Cypress Fairbanks ISD Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office all participated in the sting, authorities said.

Here’s a list of the people authorities said were arrested during the operation.

Michael Polarski (Harris County Constable, Precinct 4)

Michael Polarski


Online Solicitation of a Minor


174th District Court

Out On Bond

Ernesto Cerdena (Harris County Constable, Precinct 4)

Ernesto Cerdena

Online Solicitation of a Minor, Prostitution

$10,000.00 on Online Solicit case, no bond on Prostitution

208th District Court

Out On Bond

David Strickler (Harris County Constable, Precinct 4)

David Strickler

Online Solicitation of a minor


230th District Court

Out On Bond

Irvin Garcia (Harris County Constable, Precinct 4)

Irvin Garcia

Online Solicitation of a Minor x 2. This male spoke with two of the operations UC profiles and admitted to traveling to meet one or possibly both juvenile females for sex, authorities said.


248th District Court

Out On Bond

Hanok Morampudi (Harris County Constable, Precinct 4)

Hanok Morampudi

Online solicitation of a minor


230th District Court

Out On Bond

Aarif Chaudhary (Harris County Constable, Precinct 4)

Aarif Chaudhary

Online Solicitation of a Minor


183rd District Court

Out On Bond

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