Suspects charged with intent to have sex with a minor

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 02:52 PM.

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Police arrested 10 area men, including an Ebro resident, on charges of intent to have sexual relations with a minor, according to a news release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, along with other members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, conducted an operation called “Operation Turkey Hunt” to take all violators into custody who traveled from multiple locations to Walton County with the intent to have sexual relations with a minor. 

Arrested in the sting operation were: John Reyes, 42, of Mobile, Ala.; Ren Greco, 25, of Lynn Haven; Mohammed Alhamdy, 30, of Fort Walton Beach; Scott Newbern, 51, of Sandestin, (originally from Brunswick, Ga., but was attending a conference); Charles Maines, 21, of Ebro; Jerry Hartman, 40, of Fort Rucker, Ala.; William Moodie, 24, of Sandestin; Timothy Coffey, 39, of Fort Walton Beach; Melvin Andrews, 24, of Fort Walton Beach; and Nick Walker, 22, of Freeport.

“We want those individuals who would prey on our children to be afraid of what is waiting behind the door for them,” Sheriff Mike Adkinson said. “I want them to understand that when it comes to protecting our children we are the boogeyman waiting to get them." 

The operation ran from Nov. 13 until Monday, Nov. 18. During the course of the operation, numerous posts were placed on several social networking sites. The undercover profiles that were used online were mostly of juvenile females and males with the approximate age of 12- to 13-years-old. 

The online advertisements had been posted to target suspects who engage in sexual activities with underage minors within the State of Florida.

Ten individuals responded to online advertisements through the use of email and electronic communications. 



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