By Jamie Rivera Published 05/17/2016 00:45:00 | Views: 117247

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 18 men from Georgia and North Florida were arrested and are facing charges related to a sting targeting online child predators

The operation took months of planning, but the 18 arrests were made during a period beginning May 12. The suspects, who ranged in age from 19-58, traveled from areas around Brunswick and from North Florida to meet children for sex, according to police.

“"Our goal is to arrest people who do this, who are out to harm children." Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Debbie Garner said at a news conference.

The suspects were charged with computer or electronic pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007. Additional charges may be forthcoming, according to the GBI.

"Operation Riptide" was a collaborative effort coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Glynn County Police Department.

The following were arrested and charged in Glynn County as part of “Operation Riptide”:

1. Kenneth Dwayne Baker, W/M, from Waynesville, GA,  24 years of age, occupation -HVAC worker

2. Christopher Oquendo Martinez, H/M, from Jacksonville, FL, 24 years of age, occupation - construction worker

3. Donald Ray Sheffield, W/M, from Jacksonville, FL, 58 years of age, occupation - truck driver

4. Sanjeev Hansraj Seenath, A/M, from Jacksonville, FL, 25 years of age, occupation - pharmacy student

5. Rigoberto Margarito Hernandez, H/M, from Brunswick, GA, 21 years of age, occupation - construction

6. Andrew Chase Lowe, W/M, 19 years of age, from St. Mary’s, GA, occupation - landscaper

7. John Robert Schmidt, W/M, 36 years of age, from Jacksonville, FL, occupation - food & beverage manager

8. Samuel M. Lee, A/M, 26 years of age, from St. Mary’s, GA, occupation - defense contractor

9. Michael Morrow Foley, W/M, 52 years of age, from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, occupation - driver

10. Ulbio Quijije, H/M, 26 years of age, from Kingsland, GA, occupation - self employed

11. Andrew Paul Stawniczy, W/M, 25 years of age, from Orange Park, FL, occupation - tire store employee

12. Bryant Keith Taylor, W/M, 35 years of age, from Brunswick, GA, occupation - truck driver

13. Armando Modesto-Sevilla, H/M, 22 years of age, from Waycross, GA, occupation - agricultural worker

14. Joshua Adam Bullard, W/M, 19 years of age, from Kings Bay, GA, occupation - US Navy

15. Aaron Wayne Jacobs, W/M, 27 years of age, Waynesville, GA, occupation – EMT/Fireman

16. Antwan Levar Polite, B/M, 26 years of age, Hinesville, GA, occupation – restaurant employee/student

17. Kevin Scott Kerr, W/M, 48 years of age, St. Paul, MN, occupation – commodities trader/news contributor

18. Troy Austin Piano, W/M, 23 years of age, Jacksonville, FL, occupation – self employed

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By Jamie Rivera 05/17/2016 00:45:00

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