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MLB umpire among 14 arrested in Ohio sex sting operation

Mike Oz
·1-min read
MLB umpire Brian O'Nora was one of 14 arrested by an Ohio human trafficking task force. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
MLB umpire Brian O'Nora was one of 14 arrested by an Ohio human trafficking task force. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Brian O’Nora, an MLB umpire since 1999, was arrested over the weekend as part of a sex-sting operation in Ohio, a story first reported by TMZ Sports and verified by NJ Advance Media.

O’Nora was one of 14 men arrested by a human trafficking task force in Liberty Township after allegedly soliciting a prostitute online. When reached by NJ Advance Media, a spokesperson for the Ohio attorney general said it was his “understanding” that the Brian O’Nora arrested was indeed the MLB umpire, who has been a part of three All-Stars games and the 2012 World Series.

Here are the details on the arrest from the Ohio attorney general’s office:

Fourteen men were arrested during a single-day human trafficking operation that targeted individuals seeking to buy sex via the internet, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Liberty Township Police Chief Toby Meloro announced today. The operation, which took place on Sunday, was conducted by the Liberty Township Police Department in cooperation with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, a task force under the attorney general’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.” John stings deter those seeking to purchase sex – reducing the demand for human trafficking – and serve as a reminder that these crimes are more prevalent and closer to home than you may think,” Yost said. “Hats off to Chief Meloro and the Liberty Township Police Department on their successful operation.”

When Yahoo Sports reached out to MLB for comment on the story, a league official said, “We are aware of it and we have no comment.”

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