Nearly Two Dozen Arrested in Operation Mayday

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A four day undercover operation called Operation Mayday lands nearly two dozen people in jail.

The suspects are charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Molestation.

They are all ages, from all walks of life, and many live in Richmond and surrounding counties.

We expect to get more details at 10:00 a.m. when the Richmond County Sheriff and the GBI  hold a joint press conference.

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Press Release:

As a result of a proactive undercover investigation coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit , the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, 22 people were arrested over a four day period beginning Thursday, May14, 2015.

Those arrested were charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Molestation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

“Operation Mayday” was a four day proactive effort centered in Richmond County, GA. The arrestees, ranging in age from 19 to 52, traveled from areas around Augusta and from South Carolina with the intent to meet a child for sex.

Some of their occupations included actor, funeral home director, tire salesman, electrician, software programmer, correctional officer, pharmacy tech, student and Deputy Jailer.

Along with the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, sixteen (16) additional law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices participated in “Operation Mayday” as members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The purpose of “Operation Mayday” was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex. On-line child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose of having sex.

The children these predators target are both boys and girls. In addition, the operation targeted those that are willing to exploit children by purchasing sex with a minor, and the recruitment of victims of child sex trafficking. The proactive on-line investigation was a coordinated effort among all the law enforcement agencies to combat this activity.

The following were arrested and charged in Richmond County as part of “Operation Mayday”:

1. Thomas Michael Moxley, Jr., W/M, from Aiken, SC, 43 years of age, occupation = tire store employee

2. Cody Allen Bondurant, W/M, from Martinez, GA, 23 years of age, occupation = actor

3. Paul Ellis Kitchens, W/M, from Augusta, GA 44 years of age, occupation = funeral home director

4. Richard Dean Tyndall W/M, from Evans, GA, 24 years of age, occupation = electrician

5. Leon Cornelius Holley, B/M, from Grovetown, GA, 20 years of age, occupation = retail stocker

6. John Kenneth Crowley, W/M, from Augusta, GA, 30 years of age, occupation = unemployed

7. Kyle Andrew Negus, W/M, from Augusta, GA, 26 years of age, occupation = software programmer

8. Travis Demond Driggers, B/M, from Louisville, GA, 34 years of age, occupation = correctional officer

9. Matthew Kyle Sears, W/M, from Augusta, GA, 25 years of age, occupation = tire store employee

10. Matthew Robert Tyndall, W/M, from Augusta, GA, 25 years of age, occupation = restaurant manager

11. Cody Justin Pobanz, W/M, from Augusta, GA, 27 years of age, occupation = crane tech

12. Christopher Anthony Titre, B/M, Martinez, GA, 22 years of age, occupation = grocery store employee

13. Jordan Andrew Waters, W/M, Beach Island, SC, 22 years of age, occupation = pharmacy tech

14. Ruben Ellis Reese, W/M, Martinez, GA, 52 years of age, occupation = Deputy Jailer

15. Nicholas Sebastian Barber, W/M, Martinez, GA, 23 years of age, occupation = pool attendant

16. Ian B. Shelby, W/M, Martinez, GA, 25 years of age, occupation = university student

17. Everett Ryan Lewis, W/M, Baxley, GA, 21 years of age, occupation = laborer

18. Heather Elyssa Myers, W/F, 19 years of age, Fort Gordon, GA, occupation = soldier

19. Reginald Martinez Grubbs, B/M, Waynesboro, GA, 40 years age, occupation = truck driver

20. Jordan Blake Roberts, W/M, Grovetown, GA, 21 years of age, occupation = Airman

21. Nicholas Michael Hopkins, W/M, Evans, GA, 25 years of age, occupation = landscaper

22. Tyler Alexander Judkins, W/M, Evans, GA, 19 years of age, occupation = student

Six (6) of those arrested also admitted to previous sexual contact with children. One offender arrived with two firearms in his vehicle. Additionally, multiple 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.Stay with us as we get more information on this developing story.

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