An undercover sting operation in South Carolina busted 11 males arrested and charged with contacting kids by varied social media platforms and apps and arranging to satisfy for sexual exercise.
Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon, in asserting the arrests of 11 males on Monday, defined that regulation enforcement officers pretended to underage youngsters because the suspects messaged them by social media apps. These apps included the favored cellular messaging app Kik, in addition to Google Voice, Textnow, Skout, and Fb Messenger, The State, a Columbia-based newspaper, reported.
“After the suspect requested to satisfy with ‘the kid,’ detectives had been staged at a predetermined assembly spot to arrest them,” Koon mentioned in a press release. “There isn’t any doubt concerning the intent of those suspects when the messages and pictures they despatched are reviewed.”
“That’s why it’s vital for folks to know who their kids are speaking with on-line as a result of sexual predators are in search of alternatives to use them,” the sheriff added. No precise kids had been used or positioned in hurt’s method through the operation, he mentioned.
The lads charged are: Christopher Michael Alexander, 30, Gilbert, South Carolina, Bryan Keith Beane, 61, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Jason Brandon Davis, 41, Lexington, South Carolina, Rodney Carlton Fussell, 25, Leesville, South Carolina, Terry Dwayne Goins Jr., 23, Gilbert, South Carolina, Nicholas Banks Jeffcoat, 33, Columbia, South Carolina, Robert Mitchum Nichols, 67, Florence, South Carolina, Karl Jordan Platt, 28, Columbia, South Carolina, George Stanley Sawyer Jr., 42, Lexington, South Carolina, Hunter Allen Trammell, 20, Newberry, South Carolina, Terry William Volcke, 29, Elgin, South Carolina.
Suspect George Stanley Sawyer Jr. was charged with first-degree tried sexual exploitation of a minor.Lexington County Sheriff’s Division
Christopher Michael Alexander was charged with prison solicitation of a minor.Lexington County Sheriff’s Division
Bryan Keith Beane was additionally charged with possessing a weapon.Lexington County Sheriff’s Division
Along with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Division, the operation additionally concerned the South Carolina Lawyer Normal’s Workplace, FBI, Homeland Safety Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service, the Naval Felony Investigative Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Cayce Police Division, Mount Nice Police Division, Charleston County Sheriff’s Workplace, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Workplace, Marion County Sheriff’s Workplace, Aiken Division of Public Security, Aiken County Sheriff’s Workplace, West Columbia Police Division, Irmo Police Division, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Workplace and Camden Police Division.