PHOTOS: Pastor among 22 arrested in child sex sting

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Friday, September 16, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A 52-year-old Florida pastor is among 22 people arrested during an undercover sting that targeted adults who used the internet to solicit sex with children.

The Pensacola News Journal reports David Donald Hoppenjan was arrested during "Operation Undertow," which took place earlier this month.

Pensacola police said during a news conference about the multi-agency sting that undercover agents posed as teenagers on websites and the suspects attempted to meet the "teens" for sex.

The arrest report said Hoppenjan traveled to two locations to meet a 14-year-old boy.

He's a pastor at First United Methodist Church of Pace. Records don't indicate whether he has a lawyer.

State Attorney Bill Eddins says that depending on the charges, those arrested could face sentences between five years and life.

Those arrested were identified as:

Grayson Blanton, 18, 400 block of Roberts Avenue, Pensacola.

Alexander Croyle, 22, 400 block of Roberts Avenue, Pensacola.

Alfred Foster, 71, 1200 block of South Sutton Trace Court, Mobile, Alabama.

Christopher Foster, 24, 10100 block of Weldwood Drive, Meridian, Mississippi.

Devin Gilchris, 21, 200 block of Ruby Avenue, Pensacola.

Adelardo Gonzales, 51, 200 block of Aquamarine Avenue, Pensacola.

Jeff Harrison, 26, first block of East Pearl Avenue, Pensacola.

Justin Hill, 28, 700 block of East Fairfield Drive, Pensacola.

David Hoppenjan, 52, 5600 block of Thistledown Court, Pace.

Erik Huber, 29, 300 block of MacArthur Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Alex Johnson, 19, 4800 block of Chumuckla Highway, Pace.

Mison Johnson, 22, 2900 block of Patch Avenue, Crestview.

Bradly Jones, 46, 21200 block of Deer Circle, Lake View, Alabama.

Darius Lambert, 33, 400 block of Evening Falls Drive, Pensacola.

Claudio Mistri, 56, 7100 block of North Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola.

David Olmos, 24, 8800 block of Pine Forest Road, Pensacola.

Calvin Pearson, 31, 300 block of West Ensley Street, Pensacola.

Charles Phillips, 53, 9200 block of Bellingrath Road, Mobile, Alabama.

Jose Ramirez-Magos, 51, 7000 block of West Lee Circle, Irvington, Alabama.

Frank Rhobotham, 68, 1500 block of East Blount Street, Pensacola.

Jackson Silliman, 21, 3300 block of Silkwood Lane, Pace.

John Staples, 24, 9500 block of Hay Meadow Road, Milton.