82 Arrested

PUBLISHED: 5:27 PM 4 May 2019

Multi-State ‘Exploitation’ Ring Busted As 17 Children Rescued, 82 Arrested

At least 17 children were rescued from these monsters who tried to meet toddlers for their sick pleasure, including one day care worker.

At least 82 people, including one day care worker, were arrested in the sting.

In a sting operation that took months to gather evidence over a number of states, 82 child exploiters were arrested and 17 children were rescued.

These perverts were exploiting toddlers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and the Carolinas.

Atlanta Journal Constitution reported:

The investigation, dubbed “Operation Southern Impact III,” targeted those who possess and distribute child pornography as well as those accused of exploiting children on the internet, a GBI spokeswoman said.

The people arrested ranged in age from 20 to 70, and included a day care administrator, a youth group leader, a firefighter, a former high school band director and a military veteran, the GBI said.

Media Advisory: “Operation Southern Impact III” nets 82 arrests in eight states of men and women in possession of child porn or attempting to have sex with a child. https://t.co/VGDAJbwXfJ“operation pic.twitter.com/iUKAbXaxJe

— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) May 3, 2019

The sting included search warrant executions, undercover operations, arrests and sex offender compliance visits. Police executed 134 search warrants, spoke to 215 registered sex offenders and seized more than 1,600 electronic devices, the GBI said.

The suspects were targeted based on cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as online undercover investigations conducted by local law enforcement agencies.

The majority of the arrests in Georgia involved the possession or distribution of child porn, including material containing the violent sexual abuse of infants and toddlers, the GBI said.

Of the dozens arrested in Georgia, seven were apprehended after allegedly traveling to meet and have sex with minors.

“A goal of the operation was to arrest persons who communicate with children online and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex,” the GBI said in a news release announcing the arrests.

Four of the people arrested in Georgia were already registered sex offenders, including one person who was charged in 2015 after a similar GBI operation.

The 31 people charged in Georgia are:

  • James Barfield IV, 51, Atlanta, home improvement store employee
  • Dillan M. Bell, 26, Allenhurst, unemployed
  • Gerald Chamberlain, 34, Rome, golf course maintenance worker
  • Carol Chellew, 56, Jefferson, county employee
  • Doug Chellew, 56, Jefferson, department store employee
  • Timothy Wayne Diggs, 39, Metter, information technology specialist
  • Keith James Diver, 37, Norcross, restaurant employee
  • Erick Noe Gonzalez, 26, Buford, landscaper
  • Erik Gordon, 30, Morrow, shipping company employee
  • Desmond Lemond Hasley, 27, Douglasville, staffing company employee
  • Keidron Jayquan Isham, 23, Rome, unemployed
  • Claude Martin Johnson IV, 21, Augusta, unemployed
  • Andrew Kim, 30, Suwanee, business owner
  • Jordan Logan, 33, Grovetown, painter
  • Jonathan Craig Manning, 28, Rome, railroad worker
  • Andrew J. Martz, 30, Tyrone, student
  • Matthew James McDurmond, 26, Cedartown, unknown
  • Terry Menard, 61, Roswell, multimedia designer
  • Daniel Joseph Mullinax, 35, Auburn, unemployed
  • Justin Lee Myers, 22, Cleveland, unknown
  • Andrew Benjamin Nelson, 42, Marietta, construction worker
  • Michael David Quinn, 44, Roswell, unknown
  • Matthew Steven Ramski, 37, Cumming, graphic design artist
  • Arlen Lemuel Riddle, 46, Muscadine, Ala., firefighter
  • Malchijah Robinson, 40, Decatur, unemployed
  • David Chris Sammons, 33, Eatonton, factory worker
  • Omar S. Sanchez-Viera, 40, Jonesboro, health supplement company employee
  • Chad Sitzwohl, 35, Dawsonville, factory worker
  • Wille D. Slaughter, 33, Valdosta, military veteran
  • Wan Yeung Tang, 45, Cumming, dishwasher
  • Tyler Wooten, 21, Sharpsburg, student

Many people feel thankful that these perverted freaks are no longer able to exploit children, but point to the flaws in the legal system that allowed some of them to go back to a life of crime after being previously arrested for the same despicable acts.