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South Carolina Undercover Sting Busts 11 Men Creeping Kids Online

South Carolina authorities arrested 11 men last month for trying to contact minors for sexual exploitation.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said that multiple agencies participated in the sting operation and that more arrests may take place.

“Officers pretended to be underage teenagers as the suspects messaged them through social media apps,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a statement. “After the suspect asked to meet with ‘the child,’ detectives were staged at a predetermined meeting spot to arrest them.”

“There is no doubt about the intent of these suspects when the messages and images they sent are reviewed.”

The department named those arrested:

  • Christopher Michael Alexander, 30, – first-degree attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18, criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Bryan Keith Beane, 61 – three counts of third-degree attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct, attempted unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18, criminal solicitation of a minor, possession of a weapon during a violent crime
  • Jason Brandon Davis, 41 – two counts of criminal conspiracy, promoting the prostitution of a minor, two counts of second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Rodney Carlton Fussell, 25 – second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, promoting the prostitution of a minor
  • Terry Dwayne Goins Jr., 23 – attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor
  • Nicholas Banks Jeffcoat, 33 – criminal solicitation of a minor
  • Robert Mitchum Nichols, 67 – criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Karl Jordan Platt, 28 – second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor
  • George Stanley Sawyer Jr., 42 – first-degree attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, attempted unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18
  • Hunter Allen Trammell, 20 – second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor
  • Terry William Volcke – criminal solicitation of a minor, three counts of attempted dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18

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[Featured image: Lexington County Sheriff’s Department]