(WTVM) - Special Agent in Charge (SAC) J. Britt Johnson, in conjunction with Chief Mark Revenew, Pooler Police Department, have announced the arrests of six suspects last weekend at Pooler, Ga. as part of a Savannah-based FBI led Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force operation.
The operation occurred on Friday, March 14 through Saturday, March 15, 2014.
The following individuals were arrested and charged with state charges of sexual exploitation of children after traveling to Pooler, Ga. for purposes of having sex with a minor child:
- John Thomas Pratt, age 56, Hilton Head, SC
- Michael Gilbert Rosales, age 35, Pooler, GA
- Daniel Corvette Powell, age 25, soldier, Ft. Stewart, Georgia
- Bengie Kevin Odum, age 49, of Jesup, GA
- Jason Bryant Williams, age 31, Pooler, GA
- Raymond Patrick Perez, age 27, soldier, Ft. Stewart, Georgia
The FBI led Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force, in conjunction with the Pooler, Georgia Police Department, operates to locate and recover juveniles sexually exploited through prostitution and to identify and arrest those who are exploiting the juveniles. The Task Force is comprised of agents and officers from the FBI, GBI, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Effingham County Sheriff's Office, and the Pooler Police Department.
Also assisting in this recent operation were FBI agents from Augusta, Ga. and the FBI Atlanta led Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation (MATCH) Task Force.
All of the above individuals were processed and initially detained at the Chatham County, Georgia Detention Facility.