Seven men have been accused of trying to solicit sex from minors following a three-day undercover sting operation targeting online sexual predators, Georgia authorities said Friday.
The men believed they were chatting online with girls under the age of 16 but were really speaking to investigators, Woodstock police spokeswoman Brittany Page told news outlets. Some of the men attempted to meet up with the minors but instead met with investigators, Page said.
Five men were arrested on the scene including, Jason Bryan Major, 33, of Dawsonville; Robert Jones, 37, of Atlanta; Garrett Hick, 21, of Atlanta; Bryan Gomez, 24, of Canton; and Mark Shin, 38, of Newnan. All five were charged with child exploitation, criminal attempt of child molestation, and criminal attempt of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
A sixth man, David Nelson, 63, of Gadsden, Ala. was arrested and charged with computer pornography, child exploitation and criminal attempt to commit child molestation, Page said.
The seventh man has a warrant out for his arrest and wasn’t immediately identified.
It’s unclear whether any of the men have attorneys who can comment on their behalf.