Myrtle Beach man arrested in internet predator sting

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A Myrtle Beach man Tuesday was arrested in a Richland County Sheriff's Department internet predator sting.

James Randall Vereen, 41, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested on two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office is a member of the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Arrest warrants allege that beginning May 31, Vereen began soliciting sex in online chatrooms with a person he believed to be a child. In reality, he was communicating with an undercover Richland County Sheriff's Deputy. Vereen was arrested at his residence without incident.

Vereen's roommate consented to a search of the residence, which resulted in the seizure of a laptop computer.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department, the Horry County Sheriff's Department, and the Pickens County Sheriff's Department - all members of the Task Force - assisted in the case.

Vereen is awaiting a bond hearing.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Copyright 2010 WCSC. All rights reserved.