Camden men arrested in sting
Four Camden County men have been arrested as part of Operation Riptide, a five-day proactive undercover investigation targeting online child predators.
The investigation opened May 12 and 18 people ranging in age from 19 to 58 were arrested in the next five days for traveling to Glynn County with the intention of meeting a child for sex. They were all charged with using a computer service to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal act, which is a felony. Additional charges may be brought.
Camden residents who were charged are:
• Andrew Chase Lowe, 19, of St. Marys
• Samuel Michael Lee, 26, of St. Marys
• Ulbio Alfredo Quijije, 26, of Kingsland
• Joshua Adam Bullard, 19, of Kings Bay
The operation targeted people who communicate with children online and want to pay for sex with a minor, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release.
The operation was coordinated by GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, the Glynn County Police Department and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with members from 18 Georgia law enforcement agencies, district attorney’s offices and federal agencies participating.
“This type of cooperation and collaboration is invaluable in the effort to keep our children safe from predators who seek to harm them,” ICAC commander Debbie Garner said. “This successful operation was a partnership between all the agencies involved.”
Several of the men who were arrested told investigators they had engaged in similar online activity in the past, according to the release. Some said they had viewed child pornography and had previous sexual contact with children, identifying six victims of molestation. One man arrived to the meet with cocaine packed for sale.
Officers seized multiple phones and digital devices that will be processed and analyzed. Additional charges could be filed based on that evidence.