Taylors man arrested in internet predator sting

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A Taylors man was arrested Saturday by Charleston police officers as part of an internet predator sting.

Rajesh Gogineni, 24, was arrested in the sting conducted by the City of Charleston Police Department as a member of the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Gogineni was arrested on one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable to ten years imprisonment, and one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, a felony punishable to twenty years imprisonment.

Arrest warrants allege that beginning Aug. 14, Gogineni solicited sex on the internet from an individual he believed to be minor girl.  In reality, he was soliciting sex from an undercover Charleston Police officer.  Gogineni  arranged to meet the "girl" for sex at a predetermined location in Charleston.

He was arrested upon his arrival at that location.

Gogineni was assigned a bond of $100,000.

The Berkeley County and Greenville County Sheriff's Offices, both also Task Force members, assisted in the case.

This is the 198th arrest for the Task Force. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

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