San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2022
CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: elisa.bubak@sjcda.org

Operation: More Than Adequate Results In Lodi Man’s Conviction

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced defendant Afzal Khan, 43, of Lodi was convicted of one count of contacting a minor to commit lewd and lascivious acts or serious felony and one count of arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes.

In April 2021, the California Department of Justice, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, and 17 other partnering law enforcement agencies worked on a joint operation titled “More than Adequate.” According to a statement released by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the goal of Operation: More than Adequate was to use various platforms commonly used for the exploitation of minors to target persons involved in sex trafficking, prostitution, pimping, and out-of-compliance sex offenders. Deputies and Department of Justice Special Agents made contact with would-be-predators undercover as a 13-year-old minor.

Law enforcement arrested Afzal Khan on April 12, 2021, in Lathrop as part of Operation: More than Adequate. The defendant answered an online advertisement a few days prior to his arrest and arranged to meet a Special Agent who posed as the underage teen for lewd purposes. Law enforcement took the defendant into custody upon his arrival to the prearranged location.

“This is a clear message to those who intend hurt to our children- my administration, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law in order to protect the community,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “Thank you to Deputy District Attorney Elaine Casillas-Franco for her commitment to holding predators accountable. I’d also like to thank the California Department of Justice Special Agents, District Attorney Investigators, Sheriff’s Office Deputies, and all other partnering law enforcement agencies for rooting out these harmful individuals.”

The defendant returns before the Honorable Judge Charlotte J. Orcutt on April 25, 2022, for sentencing. To learn more about the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and the specialized prosecution units within the administration, visit our Crime Units page. For more information on Operation: More than Adequate, visit SJSheriff.org.