Two Pooler men were among six arrested over the weekend for intending to have sex with minor children.
Michael Gilbert Rosales, 35, and Jason Bryant Williams, 31, both of Pooler, were arrested in the two-day sting conducted by the FBI’s Savannah-based Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force and the Pooler Police Department.
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 arrested were two Fort Stewart soldiers, Raymond Patrick Perez, 27, and Daniel Corvette Powell, 25; Bengie Kevin Odum, 49, of Jesup; and John Thomas Pratt, 56, of Hilton Head Island, S.C.
All six men were charged with sexual exploitation of children after they each traveled to Pooler with the intention of meeting a minor to have sex, according to FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett.
“There was the overt act of traveling to a location,” Emmett said. “These were not cases that stayed in just cyberspace.”
The men thought they were chatting online with underage children but instead were communicating with investigators posing as minors. No children were potentially in danger as a result of the conversations, according to Emmett.
“There was no child ever in play,” he said. “This is a sting-type of operation that ferrets out individuals who intend to have sex with a minor.”
Emmett said he could not get into specifics about the age of the children they men believed they were talking to. He also declined comment on any prior arrests the men had.
All six suspects, who were arrested throughout Friday and Saturday, were taken to the Chatham County Jail.