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SC man, 2 soldiers among 6 charged with sexual exploitation of children

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A South Carolina man is among six men arrested over the weekend in a child exploitation crime, WSPA7 reported March 19.

A Savannah, Georgia FBI led Child Exploitation Task Force investigation resulted in the arrest of six people, including two Fort Stewart soldiers. Last weekend the men, ranging from 25 to 56 years old, were arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of children after it was learned they traveled to Pooler to have sex with children.

Listed below are those arrested

Raymond Patrick Perez, 27
Daniel Corvette Powell, 25
John Thomas Pratt, 56, of Hilton Head, S.C.
Michael Gilbert Rosales, 35, of Pooler
Jason Bryant Williams, 31, of Pooler
Bengie Kevin Odum, 49, of Jesup

Perez and Powell are both soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart.

The Task Force, made up of officers and agents from the FBI, GBI, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Effingham County Sheriff's Office, and the Pooler Police Department, was created to locate and recover sexually exploited juveniles. Most arrests result from prostitution of underage children.

Sexual exploitation of a minor is considered a felony, punishable by a sentence of 5 to 25 years for each offense. It does not fall under the First Offender's Act.



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