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Three more arrested in operation targeting sexual activity at Fort Worth park

Three men were arrested Friday afternoon in an undercover operation by Fort Worth police aimed at sexual activity at Gateway Park.
Three men were arrested Friday afternoon in an undercover operation by Fort Worth police aimed at sexual activity at Gateway Park.

Three men were arrested Friday afternoon in an undercover operation by Fort Worth police aimed at sexual activity at Gateway Park.

That brings the total to seven arrested this month in the operation, conducted by vice officers in plainclothes at the park, near Interstate 30 in east Fort Worth.

Undercover police operations have been conducted for years at the park, which has a reputation for male sexual activity and public lewdness.

Police have declined this month to comment on specific information about the operation.

Jail records indicated three men were arrested Friday afternoon. One was taken into custody on Riverbank Road, while vice officers arrested two near Valle Circle.

Two of the men arrested were identified as Paul Vickerson, 51, and Seferino Leyva, 47, both of Fort Worth. Vickerson faces a charge of indecent exposure and Leyva is expected to be charged with public lewdness. The third man was identified as Ruperto Irigoyen Maciel, 59, and he also faces a charge of public lewdness.

The men have no criminal histoy in Tarrant County, according to criminal court records.

Earlier this month, four men, including a former Paschal High School coach, were arrested at the park.

Jail records identified one man as 88-year-old James Edward Brewer. Fort Worth school records indicated Brewer had coached at Paschal for 15 years.

Brewer also was charged with prostitution on Dec. 31, 1997, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. He was sentenced to one year probation in 1998 and fined $365.25. His charge was dismissed in 1999.

The other three men arrested earlier this month were Javier Ortiz, 37; John Tovar, 34; and Darwin Garache Sandoval, 22.

Tovar was charged with public lewdness in August 2010 and sentenced to two years' probation. His case was dismissed in 2013, according to court records.

Garache Sandoval and Ortiz had no criminal history in Tarrant County, records show.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr



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