Brian O’Nora, MLB umpire, arrested in sex sting operation


Major League Baseball umpire Brian O’Nora was arrested this weekend as a part of a human trafficking sting. The operation targeted people seeking to purchase sex through the internet.

A person with knowledge of the incident confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the suspect was O’Nora. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.

O’Nora, 57, and 13 other men were arrested Sunday in Youngstown, Ohio, and charged with soliciting, a third-degree misdemeanor, and possessing criminal tools, a first-degree misdemeanor, announced Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Liberty Township Police Chief Toby Meloro.

Umpire Brian O'Nora during a game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019.

According to the Mahoning Valley Human trafficking Task Force, who worked with the Liberty Township Police Department, the arrests were made when the men arrived at a local hotel to pay for sex.

O’Nora joined the Major League Baseball in 1999 and has worked multiple division playoff series, three all-star games — including the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland — the 2008 American League Championship Series and the 2012 World Series

A Major League Baseball spokesperson declined to comment at this time. 

Contributing: Bob Nightengale 

Contact Analis Bailey at or on Twitter @analisbailey.


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