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Police announce 16 arrests in ‘Operation X-Posed,’ targeting child exploitation

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 10:44 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 7:06 PM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Police said a total of 16 people have been arrested on various charges in connection with the exploitation of children.

A week-long undercover operation dubbed “Operation X-Posed” that specifically sought out those soliciting children between the ages of 12 and 14 for the purposes of sex, Deputy Chief Tyrone Simmons said.

Five people traveled to meet those whom they believed to be underage children, Simmons said. After the operation was conducted, another three also traveled to meet the undercover agents.

“Another eight people have been arrested for charges of criminal solicitation of minors, disseminating obscene material to persons under 18, second-degree sexual exploitation of minors and attempting or promoting prostitution of minors,” he said.

One of the defendants was out of jail on bond for the same charges from the last operation, Simmons said.

Operation X-Posed was a joint effort between Mount Pleasant Police and various law enforcement agencies including the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement agencies in Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort, Georgetown, Marion, and York Counties, Inspector Don Calabrese said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Below is the list of the 16 people and some of the charges they were arrested for.

Arrested in connection to the exploitation of children.charges
Charles Alan HamiltonCriminal Solicitation of a Minor X3
Brian Frank MurphreeCriminal Solicitation of a Minor
Matthew George JohnsonCriminal Solicitation of a Minor
James Davis WrayAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
Daryall Lamour ClarkAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
Michael D MunibAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
John Edgar ArnoldCriminal Solicitation of a Minor X6
Kevin R. GerzemaCriminal Solicitation of a Minor X8
David Matthew HuletteCriminal Solicitation of a Minor
Andrew Morton Patla Kramer1st Degree Exploitation of a Minor
Paul Andrew Guerry2nd Degree Exploitation of a Minor
Brandon Lazarus PelphreyAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
Sabas Morales-RodriguezAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
Todd Eric EmeryAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
Dylan James DioguardiAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree
Devante Jamal Reardon-WilliamsAttempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree

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