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MLB Umpire Arrested In Sex Ring Bust

Fox News – Major League Baseball umpire Brian O’Nora was one of the men arrested in Ohio in a sex sting operation over the weekend.

O’Nora, 57, of Youngstown, was arrested along with 13 other men in Liberty Township. The local police department conducted the sting with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force.

O’Nora and the men were charged with third-degree misdemeanor soliciting and first-degree misdemeanor possession of criminal tools.

TMZ Sports was the first to link the MLB umpire to the arrest. The league declined to comment, according to the website.

O’Nora has been an MLB umpire since 2000 after having worked in several minor leagues and independent leagues. He has worked three All-Star Games, six Division Series, a League Championship Series and the 2012 World Series … Read more. 

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The Ohio Attorney General released the following statement:

“Fourteen men were arrested during a single-day human trafficking operation that targeted individuals seeking to buy sex via the internet, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Liberty Township Police Chief Toby Meloro announced today.

“The operation, which took place on Sunday, was conducted by the Liberty Township Police Department in cooperation with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force, a task force under the attorney general’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.”

“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.”

PERSONAL LIFE: Resides in Ohio…married to Joanne…has three children: Joseph, Michael and Elaina…graduated from Austintown Fitch High School…became interested in umpiring after reading an article about it in Sports Illustrated…hobbies include golf, training dogs and going to the gym. Source. 

Brian O’Nora

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brian Keith O’Nora (born February 7, 1963) is an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). He joined the major league staff in 2000, after previously umpiring for the American League (AL) from 1992 to 1999 and wears sleeve number 7.

Since joining the Major League umpiring staff in 2000, O’Nora has worked the 2004 National League Division Series, the 2006 National League Division Series, the 2009 National League Division Series, the 2010 American League Division Series, and the 2012 National League Division Series. He also umpired the 2008 American League Championship Series and the 2012 World Series.

He was a part of the crew that worked in the 2000, 2010, and 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Games.

On September 25, 2003, O’Nora was the plate umpire for Carlos Delgado’s four-homer game.

In 2011, O’Nora was one of two MLB umpires (the other being Scott Barry) who were selected to officiate the MLB-All Stars Taiwan series; Barry and O’Nora were joined by two Taiwanese umpires for the games.[8]

During Spring training in 2014, O’Nora served as the replay umpire for the first use of expanded replay in a Major League Baseball game. After Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons elected to challenge a safe call made by first base umpire Fieldin Culbreth, O’Nora upheld the ruling following a video review that lasted 2 minutes and 34 seconds. Source. 

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