Police announce 16 arrests in ‘Operation X-Posed,’ targeting child exploitation
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.
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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 Hamilton||Criminal Solicitation of a Minor X3|
|Brian Frank Murphree||Criminal Solicitation of a Minor|
|Matthew George Johnson||Criminal Solicitation of a Minor|
|James Davis Wray||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|Daryall Lamour Clark||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|Michael D Munib||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|John Edgar Arnold||Criminal Solicitation of a Minor X6|
|Kevin R. Gerzema||Criminal Solicitation of a Minor X8|
|David Matthew Hulette||Criminal Solicitation of a Minor|
|Andrew Morton Patla Kramer||1st Degree Exploitation of a Minor|
|Paul Andrew Guerry||2nd Degree Exploitation of a Minor|
|Brandon Lazarus Pelphrey||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|Sabas Morales-Rodriguez||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|Todd Eric Emery||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|Dylan James Dioguardi||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
|Devante Jamal Reardon-Williams||Attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree|
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