2 ‘Op End Game’ Defendants Sentenced For Seeking Sex With Minors Online in Georgia

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Two defendants arrested during “Operation End Game,” a multi-agency effort targeting and arresting adult perpetrators in the Athens-area seeking sex with children, were sentenced to prison, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

On Thursday, October 22, U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal sentenced Michael Turner, 48, of Columbus, Mississippi, to 46 months in prison to be followed by ten years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of use of facilities in interstate and foreign commerce to transmit information about a minor. Morgan Kelby Andrews, 28, of Maxeys, Georgia, was sentenced to serve 20 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of use of facilities in interstate and foreign commerce to transmit information about a minor. Following their prison terms, both defendants will have to register as a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal system.

“We will never cease working to protect the welfare of Georgia’s children, and we will continue to bring the full force of the law against sexual predators,” said U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler. “Operation End Game is one of many investigations here in Georgia tracking down online predators and bringing them to justice. I want to thank our law enforcement partners both for their work in this operation and for their unyielding efforts to safeguard Georgia’s children.”

“Operation End Game” was a three-day proactive effort centered in Athens, Georgia in July 2019 to arrest adults communicating with children on-line and then traveling to meet them for the purpose of having sex. The cases were investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD), the FBI and the Athens-Clarke County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lyndie Freeman is prosecuting the case for the Government.

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Illegal alien sentenced to federal prison for attempting to lure Georgia teen for sex

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A Mexican national who attempted to lure a young teen for sexual activity has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.

Alvaro Hernandez, 36, of Bristol, Ga., a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States, was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood after pleading guilty to Attempted Coercion and Enticement, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Herndandez will be required to register as a sex offender and to serve 10 years of supervised release after completion of his prison sentence.

There is no parole in the federal system.

“Alvaro Hernandez was enjoying his illegal access to the American dream, living and working in rural Georgia, when he tried to pay for sex with someone he believed was a child,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “Our law enforcement partners helped protect our community from this predator by intercepting him during the perverted attempt.”

According to court documents and testimony, in March 2019, investigators with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, conducted a joint operation targeting child predators operating near Submarine Base Kings Bay. Hernandez, who responded to an internet message purporting to be from a 14-year-old offering sex for money, was arrested after he drove from his residence in Pierce County, Ga., and arrived at what he believed was the teen’s residence in St. Mary’s, Ga.

“This sentencing should serve as a warning that sexual predators who target vulnerable children will be fully investigated and prosecuted,” said NCIS Southeast Field Office Special Agent in Charge Thomas Cannizzo. “NCIS is grateful to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office for its continued partnership in keeping communities where Navy and Marine Corps families live safe.”

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn Semales and Assistant U.S. Attorney and Organized Crime Drug Task Force Coordinator Marcela C. Mateo.

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Valdosta State University dean among 14 arrested in online child predator sting

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VALDOSTA, Ga. — 14 people were arrested in South Georgia last week after a four-day operation targeting child predators.

According to the GBI, Operation Broken Arrow was based around the Valdosta area and took several months of planning to execute.

The GBI says the 14 people arrested range in age from 24-57 and they traveled from areas around South Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex.

They were identified as:

  • Dave Vincent Almon, 43, retail manager
  • Billy Stephen Carter, 57, truck driver
  • Eric Bernard Copeland, press operator
  • Walter Lee Curry, 33, laborer
  • Jamian Hogan, 34, retail associate
  • John Henry Hursey, 45, carpenter
  • Eugene Andega Mainah, 35, unemployed
  • Keith Morrison, 43, truck driver
  • Wyman Rene Phillips, 36, electrician
  • Wilford Sermons, 28, customer service representative
  • Josue Trejo, 31, forklift driver
  • Bronson Jamari D. Tripp, 24, retail associate
  • Keith Walters, 44, university Dean
  • Justin Na’eem Warren, 24, student

The Valdosta State University web site lists Walters as the dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

The GBI says at least one of the people they arrested had previously been arrested on a peeping tom charge, and at least two of the other arrestees had been investigated for sex crimes before.

19 mobile devices were seized as evidence in the operation.

According to the news release, investigators had more than 120 exchanges with people on social media or the Internet platforms. Over 40 cases were established that met the threshold for arrest, and 14 of those cases were concluded with arrests.

The 14 are formally charged with violating the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007 and/or Trafficking of Persons for Labor or Sexual Servitude.

Additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming.

For more information on the operation, click here.

 

Source: https://www.13wmaz.com/article/news/crime/valdosta-state-university-dean-among-14-arrested-in-online-child-predator-sting/93-815ec188-e7eb-42ef-b1c6-f86e6ed44756

Operation Good Shepherd: 10 arrested in Hall County child predator sting

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The operation began back in October.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Ten people were arrested after a months-long Hall County child predator sting, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The undercover investigation, known as Operation Good Shepherd, targets online child predators.

The operation began back in October when investigators began communicating with adults online who thought they were speaking with children. Authorities said they talked to the adults through several platforms including social media and text messages.

The adults who were alleged to be communicating with — who they believed to be minors — range in age from 24 to 47 and are residents of Georgia cities from Lilburn to Cleveland.

Officials said some of them offered money to detectives, who they thought were children, to perform sexual acts and others sent obscene pictures and described obscene sexual acts.

Hall County authorities said they began taking people into custody on Thursday, Nov.21 and the arrests happened nearly daily after that. It came to an end after its final arrest Nov. 27, according to authorities.

“I’m very proud of the efforts of our own Criminal Investigations Division in heading up and executing this operation,” Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said.  “I’m confident the hard work of our team and partner agencies in this effort will make the community safer for our children.”

Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC), the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Floyd County Police Department were in collaboration to carry out Operation Good Shepherd.

The operation is complete, but authorities said each case remains under investigation and additional charges may occur.

The 10 arrested are: 

Patrick C. Reese, 32, of Flowery Branch
• Sexual exploitation of children
• Aggravated child molestation, criminal attempt

Alan Alberto Rojas, 24, of Lilburn
• Child molestation, criminal attempt
• Aggravated child molestation, criminal attempt
• Obscene material, furnish electronically to minor
• Enticing a child online
• Human trafficking

Cynthia Lynn Michelle Lloyd, 25, of Gainesville
• Prostitution

Patricia Erica Burt, 37, of Cumming
• Prostitution
• Human trafficking

Michael Ryan Jewell, 35, of Buford
• Sexual exploitation of children

Christopher Alan Hoover, 33, of Jasper
• Enticing a child online x 5
• Sexual exploitation of children
• Pandering by compulsion

Colt David Clemmer, 33, of Talmo
• Sexual exploitation of children

Matthew David Ingram, 34, of Gainesville
• Sexual exploitation of children x 3

William David Gowdy, 40, of Cumming
• Sexual exploitation of children x 3
• Electronic enticement of a minor

Jason Noel Lingerfelt, 47, of Cleveland
• Enticing a child online x 4

Source: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/10-arrested-in-hall-county-child-predator-sting/85-38d09828-35ac-43da-b0ba-02bcf8c9d1c4

‘Operation End Game’: 9 arrested in online child predator sting

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Operation End Game targeted people suspected of communicating with children online and then traveling to meet them to have sex.

ATHENS, Ga. — Nine people have been arrested and charged over a three-day period since last Thursday. Each of them has been accused of traveling from areas around northeast Georgia with the intent of meeting a child for sex.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the arrestees ranged in age from 19 to 53 years old. One person was a convicted murderer who had completed his sentence. When another was arrested, he was in possession of firearms and a machete.

The goal of “Operation End Game” was to arrest persons who communicate with children online and then travel to meet them for the purposes of having sex. The operation also targeted those who are willing to exploit children by purchasing sex.

Since 2014, the Georgia ICAC Task Force has arrested more than 130 people in similar operations.

These are the suspects arrested and charged

  • Morgan Andrews, W/M, Maxeys, GA, 27, mold repair technician
  • Joseph Kelly, W/M, 44, Statham, GA, assembly line worker
  • James Morriss, Jr., W/M, Dacula, GA, 49, sales representative
  • Andrew Schafer, W/M, Winder, GA, 53, project manager
  • Deointe Sims, B/M, Athens, GA, 25, assembly line worker
  • Fredrick Smith, B/M, Royston, GA, 29, fast food/food delivery service employee
  • Michael Turner, B/M, Covington, GA, 46, shipping/receiving employee
  • Zachary Turner, B/M, Colbert, GA, 19, unemployed
  • Noe Villafuerte, H/M, Winterville, GA, 44, landscaper

Alleged child predators caught in ‘Operation End Game’

During “Operation End Game,” more than 25 cases were established that met the threshold for arrest. Nine of those cases were concluded with arrests. 

During the operation, investigators had more than 200 exchanges with subjects on various social media or internet platforms. In many of the cases, the subjects introduced the obscene or lude content, often exposing the minor to pornography or requesting the minor to take nude or pornographic images for them.

About half of the exchanges involved websites used for dating, socializing or classified advertisements. Although some websites promote themselves as being for “adults only,” it is not uncommon for law enforcement to work cases in which children access these sites, establish profiles claiming to be older, then find themselves vulnerable to victimization, harassment, blackmail or assault.

Several of the subjects were identified as communicating simultaneously with multiple investigators posing as minors. This confirms what investigators discover during these types of investigations: That many predators specifically seek out minors on such sites and groom them as potential victims for sexual contact.

In addition to the agencies participating and coordinating the operation itself, ten additional law enforcement agencies participated in “Operation End Game” as members of the Georgia ICAC Task Force: The Alpharetta Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, The GBI-Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC), Gwinnett County Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Lilburn Police Department, the Polk County Police Department and the Savannah Police Department.

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Source: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/operation-end-game-9-arrested-in-online-child-predator-sting/85-a3c6eb5d-981e-4af0-8a7b-29d0a54617cf

20 men arrested in undercover child sex sting

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20 arrested sting Georgia

(Meredith) — Twenty men were arrested as part of an undercover operation targeting potential sexual predators, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday. 

The four-day effort, dubbed “Operation Paladin,” was centered in Bartow County and took several months of planning.

During the investigation, which began Nov. 1, detectives posed as minors on social media platforms. Authorities said the suspects, ranging in age from 20 to 59, communicated with and solicited sex from who they thought were children. 

“In some of those cases, the subject introduced obscene or lewd content, often exposing the minor (undercover agent) to pornography or requesting the child take nude or pornographic images for them,” the GBI said in a press release.

The suspects allegedly traveled around Northwest Georgia with the intent of meeting a child for sex.

One person who was arrested was a registered sex offender. Multiple suspects were in possession of suspected illegal drugs. Another person was arrested in possession of a firearm. 

The men were charged with human trafficking for labor sexual servitude, and/or under the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007, authorities said. 

A dozen law enforcement agencies worked together on the operation, including the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

The names, ages, residences, occupations and charges of those arrested are listed below:

  • Randall Ball, W/M, Acworth, GA, 25 years of age, grocery stocker
  • Bailey Brown, W/M, Jasper, GA, 29 years of age, emergency home repair responder
  • Richard Brown, W/M, Trion, GA, 53 years of age, mill worker
  • Steven Byers, W/M, Jasper, GA, 33 years of age, electrician
  • Bryan Cain, W/M, Calhoun, GA, 36 years of age, unemployed/college student
  • Jeffrey Coleman, W/M, Cartersville, GA, 52 years of age, glass technician
  • Michael Crider, W/M, Cartersville, GA, 51 years of age, CAD operator
  • Daniel Dorough, W/M, Cartersville, GA, 56 years of age, self-employed landscaper
  • Daniel Ewart, W/M, Cartersville. GA, 38 years of age, tow truck driver
  • Shawn Jeffrey, B/M, Powder Springs, GA, 26 years of age, pest control technician
  • Clarence Mann, W/M, Kingston, GA, 59 years of age, truck driver
  • Vernale Mascall, B/M, Cartersville, GA, 25 years of age, fast food worker
  • Rick Paul, B/M, Dallas, GA, 25 years of age, Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Isaac Sanchez, H/M, Summerville, GA, 20 years of age, painter
  • Charlie Smith III, W/M, Cartersville, GA, 45 years of age, patient care technician
  • Thomas Smith, B/M, Rome, GA, 43 years of age, delivery driver
  • Timothy Smith, W/M, Cartersville, GA, 57 years of age, customer service
  • Conner Thrash, W/M, Woodstock, GA, 28 years of age, truck driver
  • Michael Turner, W/M, Villa Rica, GA, 37 years of age, unemployed
  • Michael Wills, W/M, Cartersville, GA, 34 years of age, tree service employee

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