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Hinesville man arrested in child predator sting
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A Hinesville man was one of 18 men arrested in Glynn County as part of “Operation Riptide,” which targeted online child predators, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

Antwan Levar Polite, 26, whose occupation the GBI listed as “restaurant employee/student,” was charged with violating the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act, according to the news release, as were the other 17 suspects.
Additional charges may be forthcoming, the GBI said.

The arrests came after an undercover investigation coordinated by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Glynn County Police Department. The arrests took place over a five-day period beginning Thursday.

The operation took months of planning, according to the GBI. The arrestees, ranging in age from 19 to 58, traveled from areas around Brunswick and North Florida with the intent to meet a child for sex. Some of their occupations were construction worker, pharmacy student, truck driver, food and beverage manager, agricultural worker, restaurant worker and a commodities trader, the news release says.

The purpose of Operation Riptide was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex, as well as those who are willing to exploit children by purchasing sex with a minor, the GBI said.

Online child predators visit chatrooms and websites, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange meetings with the children for the purpose of having sex. The children these predators target are both boys and girls, according to the news release.

Along with the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Glynn County police, 18 additional law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices participated in Operation Riptide as members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. These agencies included the Liberty and McIntosh county sheriff’s offices, U.S. Secret Service, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

“This type of cooperation and collaboration is invaluable in the effort to keep our children safe from predators who seek to harm them,” said GBI Special Agent in Charge Debbie Garner, the commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “This successful operation was a partnership between all the agencies involved.”

Glynn County police Chief Matt Doering added, “The children in our community need people to keep them safe. We will be their guardian angels. We will look out for them.”

The other 17 men arrested in Glynn County as part of Operation Riptide, including occupation, were:

1. Kenneth Dwayne Baker, 24, Waynesville, HVAC worker
2. Christopher Oquendo Martinez, 24, Jacksonville, Florida, construction worker
3. Donald Ray Sheffield, 58, Jacksonville, truck driver
4. Sanjeev Hansraj Seenath, 25, Jacksonville, pharmacy student
5. Rigoberto Margarito Hernandez, 21, Brunswick, construction
6. Andrew Chase Lowe, 19, St. Marys, landscaper
7. John Robert Schmidt, 36, Jacksonville, food and beverage manager
8. Samuel M. Lee, 26, St. Marys, defense contractor
9. Michael Morrow Foley, 52, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, driver
10. Ulbio Quijije, 26, Kingsland, GA, self-employed
11. Andrew Paul Stawniczy, 25, Orange Park, Florida, tire store employee
12. Bryant Keith Taylor, 35, Brunswick, truck driver
13. Armando Modesto-Sevilla, 22, Waycross, agricultural worker
14. Joshua Adam Bullard, 19 years of age, Kings Bay, U.S. Navy
15. Aaron Wayne Jacobs, 27, Waynesville, EMT/fireman
16. Kevin Scott Kerr, 48, St. Paul, Minnesota, commodities trader/news contributor
17. Troy Austin Piano, 23, Jacksonville, self-employed

The Secret Service polygraphed eight of those arrested during Operation Riptide. All of those polygraphed gave admissions related to the offense for which they were arrested. Several of those arrested admitted to engaging in similar online activity in the past, the GBI said.
Some admitted to viewing child pornography and to previous sexual contact with children. They identified six previous victims of molestation, according to the news release.

One offender arrived with drug-related items packaged for sale. Additionally, several phones and digital devices were seized. Those devices will be processed and analyzed, and additional charges may be filed after reviewing the results of that analysis, the news release says.

A news conference will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Glynn County Courthouse flagpole. Doering and Brunswick police Chief Kevin Jones will provide statements and answer questions at that time.

The Georgia ICAC Task Force is composed of more than 200 local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies, other related criminal-justice agencies and prosecutor’s offices. The Georgia ICAC Task Force made 244 arrests in 2015 and has made more than 1,600 arrests since its inception in 2002.

A Hinesville man was one of 18 men arrested in Glynn County as part of “Operation Riptide,” which targeted online child predators, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

Antwan Levar Polite, 26, whose occupation the GBI listed as “restaurant employee/student,” was charged with violating the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act, according to the news release, as were the other 17 suspects.

Additional charges may be forthcoming, the GBI said.

 

The arrests came after an undercover investigation coordinated by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Glynn County Police Department. The arrests took place over a five-day period beginning Thursday. 

 

The operation took months of planning, according to the GBI. The arrestees, ranging in age from 19 to 58, traveled from areas around Brunswick and North Florida with the intent to meet a child for sex. Some of their occupations were construction worker, pharmacy student, truck driver, food and beverage manager, agricultural worker, restaurant worker and a commodities trader, the news release says.

 

The purpose of Operation Riptide was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex, as well as those who are willing to exploit children by purchasing sex with a minor, the GBI said.

Online child predators visit chatrooms and websites, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange meetings with the children for the purpose of having sex. The children these predators target are both boys and girls, according to the news release.

 

Along with the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Glynn County police, 18 additional law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices participated in Operation Riptide as members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. These agencies included the Liberty and McIntosh county sheriff’s offices, U.S. Secret Service, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

“This type of cooperation and collaboration is invaluable in the effort to keep our children safe from predators who seek to harm them,” said GBI Special Agent in Charge Debbie Garner, the commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “This successful operation was a partnership between all the agencies involved.” 

Glynn County police Chief Matt Doering added, “The children in our community need people to keep them safe. We will be their guardian angels. We will look out for them.”

 

The other 17 men arrested in Glynn County as part of Operation Riptide, including occupation, were:

 

1.      Kenneth Dwayne Baker, 24, Waynesville, HVAC worker

2.      Christopher Oquendo Martinez, 24, Jacksonville, Florida, construction worker

3.      Donald Ray Sheffield, 58, Jacksonville, truck driver

4.      Sanjeev Hansraj Seenath, 25, Jacksonville, pharmacy student

5.      Rigoberto Margarito Hernandez, 21, Brunswick, construction

6.      Andrew Chase Lowe, 19, St. Marys, landscaper

7.      John Robert Schmidt, 36, Jacksonville, food and beverage manager

8.      Samuel M. Lee, 26, St. Marys, defense contractor

9.      Michael Morrow Foley, 52, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, driver

10.  Ulbio Quijije, 26, Kingsland, GA, self-employed

11.  Andrew Paul Stawniczy, 25, Orange Park, Florida, tire store employee

12.  Bryant Keith Taylor, 35, Brunswick, truck driver

13.  Armando Modesto-Sevilla, 22, Waycross, agricultural worker

14.  Joshua Adam Bullard, 19 years of age, Kings Bay, U.S. Navy

15.  Aaron Wayne Jacobs, 27, Waynesville, EMT/fireman

16.  Kevin Scott Kerr, 48, St. Paul, Minnesota, commodities trader/news contributor

17.  Troy Austin Piano, 23, Jacksonville, self-employed

 

The Secret Service polygraphed eight of those arrested during Operation Riptide. All of those polygraphed gave admissions related to the offense for which they were arrested. Several of those arrested admitted to engaging in similar online activity in the past, the GBI said.

Some admitted to viewing child pornography and to previous sexual contact with children. They identified six previous victims of molestation, according to the news release.

One offender arrived with drug-related items packaged for sale. Additionally, several phones and digital devices were seized. Those devices will be processed and analyzed, and additional charges may be filed after reviewing the results of that analysis, the news release says.

 

A news conference will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Glynn County Courthouse flagpole. Doering and Brunswick police Chief Kevin Jones will provide statements and answer questions at that time.

 

The Georgia ICAC Task Force is composed of more than 200 local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies, other related criminal-justice agencies and prosecutor’s offices. The Georgia ICAC Task Force made 244 arrests in 2015 and has made more than 1,600 arrests since its inception in 2002. 

 

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