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PHOTOS: Names, Mugshots Released Of Those Arrested In The CSRA During FBI's "Operation Cross Country VII"

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***UPDATED at 1:54 P.M. on Tuesday, July 30th***

WJBF News Channel 6 has now learned the identities of 11 people arrested in the Augusta area during the FBI's "Operation Cross Country VII" investigation.

As part of the nationwide investigation, 11 local people have been arrested on child exploitation and prostitution charges. This operation involved 47 FBI divisions in 76 cities across the country, which included Richmond County.

Operation Cross Country VII rescued 105 children being victimized through prostitution.

The defendants arrested in connection with "Operation Cross Country VII" are listed below. Their mugshots are in the photo slideshow gallery at the top of this article.

  • Ashley Reshena Washington (21) is charged with Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
  • Betty L. Key (28) is charged with Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
  • Casandra Kimball (22) is charged with Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
  • David Leon Morris (21) is charged with 1 count of VGCSA Possession of Marijuana and Felony Probation
  • Greg Luke Green (28) is charged with Pimping
  • Jessica Lynn Hammond (26) is charged with Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
  • Katherine Holbert (30) is charged with Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
  • Katie Goetz (31) is charged with Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution)
  • Kristopher Bufkin (19) is charged with Interfering with a Sheriff's Deputy
  • Natasha Nicole Bush (19) is charged with VGCSA Possession of Marijuana and Disorderly Conduct (Prostitution/Pimp)
  • Shanikia Howard (27) is charged with Prostitution (16-6-9)


***UPDATED at 10:46 P.M. on Monday, July 29th***

The massive prostitution bust across the country includes arrests in Augusta.

Authorities conducted sweeps in 76 cities under "Operation Cross Country 7" over a 3 day period.  

150 people, described as pimps, have been arrested and 105 sexually exploited children have been rescued.

We are learning tonight that 9 local people were arrested on prostitution related charges, and 2 were arrested on exploitation charges.

Over 450 agencies participated, including the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
Ronald Hosko, from the FBI Criminal Investigative Division, says they care about the children's future.

"We do care. Our goal is to get these young girls into some form of treatment and to help them reshape their lives and reclaim their innocence to the extent they can."


***UPDATED at 1:57 P.M. on Monday, July 29th***

We have received updated on a national raid by FBI offices, and law enforcement agencies in which 105 children who were allegedly forced into prostitution have been rescued.

Read the text of a release from the FBI below:

During the past 72 hours, the FBI, its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VII, a three-day enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. The operation included enforcement actions in 76 cities across 47 FBI divisions nationwide and led to the recovery of 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America," said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. "This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

"Operation Cross Country demonstrates just how many of America's children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet," said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. "We're honored and proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling this escalating problem."

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered more than 2,700 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,350 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 10 life terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

Task Force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street "tracks," and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney's Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

The Innocence Lost National Initiative brings state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers from across the country to NCMEC for training.

The FBI thanks the its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners representing more than 230 separate agencies who participated in Operation Cross Country VII and their ongoing enforcement efforts.

We are told 11 arrests/recoveries were made in the CSRA...9 "prostitutes" and 2 "pimps".


***POSTED at 11:58 A.M. on Monday, July 29th***

The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities.

The campaign, known as "Operation Cross Country," was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI's "Innocence Lost" initiative. The assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, Ron Hosko, said that child prostitution remains what he called a "persistent threat" to children across America.

The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned there were arrests made in the Augusta area. We are still awaiting word from law enforcement on the details.

We will provide more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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