MLB umpire busted in human trafficking sting

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Longtime Major League Baseball umpire Brian O'Nora was one of more than a dozen men recently arrested in a human trafficking sting in Ohio.

O'Nora and 13 other men were hit with misdemeanor charges for solicitation and possession of criminal tools after they were arrested as part of an operation targeting individuals trying to purchase sex on the internet, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

A Human Trafficking Task Force in Mahoning Valley said on Facebook that the men were arrested when they arrived at a local hotel to pay for sex.

The suspects were busted on Sunday in the town of Liberty Township, Yost said, and several agencies assisted in making the arrests. O'Nora resides in Youngstown.

Yost congratulated the law enforcement officers involved in the case and said such stings serve to discourage illegal behavior.

“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.”

The 57-year-old O'Nora broke into the Major Leagues in 1999 and has called several postseason series, including the 2012 World Series, as well as All-Star Games, according to his MLB bio. He's married and has three children, the site says.

TMZ Sports was the first outlet to identify O'Nora as an umpire, according to ABC15 Arizona.

MLB declined to comment on the arrest, multiple outlets reported.

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