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Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy among 12 cited in Roseville prostitution sting

By Benjy Egel And Cathy Locke

begel@sacbee.com

December 22, 2017 04:16 PM

A longtime Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was among 12 men cited in a Roseville prostitution sting last week.

Roseville Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther confirmed that 45-year-old Kevin Steed is a sergeant with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Shaun Hampton, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman, said Steed is a longtime employee. The Sacramento Bee’s archives indicate he has been a deputy with the department since the mid-1990s and has served as a detective investigating gang activities.

Hampton said Steed is under investigation by the department following the citation. Hampton said he did not known whether Steed had been placed on leave.

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Undercover officers from the Roseville Police Department posted advertisements last week on websites frequently used to sell sex, Gunther said. On Dec. 15 and 16, the would-be clients met their “dates” in Roseville motel rooms, where the johns were briefly detained and issued citations by police.

Those cited in addition to Steed were:

  • Aaron Boren, 51, Roseville
  • Joseph Desilvestro, 40, Sacramento
  • George Ignatius, 37, Roseville
  • Gregory Kelly Jr., 31, Sacramento
  • Alicia Lopez, 31, Sacramento
  • Mario Lopez, 32, Sacramento
  • Angelo Marks, 33, Citrus Heights
  • Venkatakrishna Nallaballi, 38, Folsom
  • Brian Oates, 42, Sacramento
  • Oscar Ochoa, 25, Folsom
  • Aleksey Zamoshnikov, 35, Sacramento

Each person was cited for soliciting a prostitute, a misdemeanor under state law. The police department also confiscated approximately $2,500 from the johns, which they had intended to use to pay for sex acts.

Roseville police cited 10 people for soliciting a prostitute in a similar sting in August. A man who responded to the police department’s ad by offering to drive prostitutes to dates for cash was also arrested on charges of pimping.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel