Orangeburg Co. man arrested in Internet predator sting

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An Orangeburg County man has the dubious title of being the 200th arrest for Attorney General Henry McMaster's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

McMaster announced Friday that 52-year-old Michael Wyatt Gentry of 190 Battlefield Drive in Eutawville, was arrested on November 16 in an Internet predator sting conducted by the City of Mauldin Police Department.

Arrest warrants allege that beginning April 6, 2010, Gentry solicited sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a minor girl. In reality, he was soliciting sex from an undercover Mauldin Police officer.

Gentry was arrested on 4 counts of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor, a felony offense punishable to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

The City of Mauldin Police Department, the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department and City of Orangeburg Department of Public Safety assisted in the case.  All three departments member of the task force.

Gentry was assigned a bond of $40,000.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office. McMaster stressed that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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