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Jesup man, two soldiers among 6 arrested in child exploitation operation, FBI says

Posted: March 17, 2014 - 4:59pm

A Jesup man and a pair of solders from Fort Stewart were among a half dozen men arrested in Pooler Friday and Saturday on charges of sexual exploitation of children, police said.

The six men were arrested as part of an operation by the Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force, said J. Britt Johnson, special agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division, and Pooler Police Chief Mark Revenew.

The task force is based in Savannah and led by the FBI.

The men all face state charges of sexual exploitation of children and are accused of traveling to Pooler to have sex with a minor child:

They are:

Bengie Kevin Odum, 49, of Jesup.

Raymond Patrick Perez, 27, soldier, Fort Stewart.

Daniel Corvette Powell, 25, soldier, Fort Stewart.

John Thomas Pratt, 56, Hilton Head, S.C.

Michael Gilbert Rosales, 35, Pooler

Jason Bryant Williams, 31, Pooler

In conjunction with the Pooler Police Department, the task force operates to locate and recover juveniles sexually exploited through prostitution and to identify and arrest those who are exploiting them. Agents and officers from the FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Pooler Police Department comprise the task force.

Also assisting in this recent operation were FBI agents from Augusta, Ga., and the FBI Atlanta-led Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force.

Those arrested were processed and detained initially at the Chatham County jail.

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johnctaughtme 03/17/14 - 05:52 pm

It is apparently important

It is apparently important that we know that a police officer was arrested today, and that in this story two soldiers were arrested. Why are we usually not told where other persons who are arrested are employed?

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