An undercover sting operation in South Carolina busted 11 adult men arrested and charged with calling kids by different social media platforms and applications and arranging to fulfill for sexual action.
Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon, in saying the arrests of 11 adult men on Monday, defined that law enforcement officers pretended to underage teens as the suspects messaged them through social media apps. These apps included the well-known cellular messaging app Kik, as nicely as Google Voice, Textnow, Skout, and Facebook Messenger, The Point out, a Columbia-based newspaper, reported.
“After the suspect asked to meet with ‘the little one,’ detectives had been staged at a predetermined meeting location to arrest them,” Koon explained in a assertion. “There is no question about the intent of these suspects when the messages and visuals they sent are reviewed.”
“That’s why it is vital for mothers and fathers to know who their youngsters are communicating with on line since sexual predators are hunting for prospects to exploit them,” the sheriff extra. No actual young children were utilized or put in harm’s way during the operation, he explained.
The adult males 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 Financial institutions 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.
In addition to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Section, the procedure also concerned the South Carolina Attorney General’s Business, FBI, Homeland Safety Investigations, the U.S. Key Provider, the Naval Prison Investigative Service, U.S. Marshals Provider, Cayce Law enforcement Section, Mount Enjoyable Law enforcement Department, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Place of work, Marion County Sheriff’s Workplace, Aiken Section of General public Protection, Aiken County Sheriff’s Business, West Columbia Law enforcement Division, Irmo Police Department, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Place of work and Camden Law enforcement Division.