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  • Writer's pictureScioto County Sheriff's Office

3 People Have Been Arrested in A Human Trafficking Operation


Ohio Attorney General David Yost, Pike County Sheriff Tracy Evans, Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman, Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Davis, Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney Shane Tieman, Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer and New Boston Police Chief Carl Compton announce that 3 people have been arrested in a Human Trafficking Operation conducted by the Southern Ohio Organized & Major Crime Task Force.

On March 25, 2023, a joint operation into possible human trafficking was conducted by the Southern Ohio Organized and Major Crimes Task Force. This operation culminated in the arrest of three individuals.

Arrested were Ronald Whitley III, age 34, from 1809 Dogwood Ridge Road, Wheelersburg, Ohio for (2) two counts of promoting prostitution, both felonies of the 4 degree. Kaylee Maynard, age 29, from 1117 Boren Blvd. Wheelersburg, Ohio on (1) one count of promoting prostitution, a felony of the 4th degree. Janelle Schmidt, age 34, from 1210 Robinson Ave. Portsmouth, Ohio on an FTA warrant. Ms. Schmidt will be offered treatment on her charges from this operation.

The victims in this case will be offered the opportunity for treatment and other community resources.

If you are or anyone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, please contact the Southern Ohio Organized and Major Crimes Task Force at 740-354-5656 or You can stay anonymous.

Assisting the Task Force in this operation were Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit and Waverly Police Department.


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