Five men were arrested this week after a three-day investigation they dubbed “Operation Slumber Party” by law enforcement. The men are said to havecommunicated with law enforcement through social media platforms WSAV reports.
The investigation is said to have taken several months to plan. However, the arrests occurred in the span of three days. The suspects are said to have traveled because they believed they would engage in sexual acts with children.
The five men arrested during the operation are:
Brian Robert Gleason, 42, of St. Augustine, Florida. He is charged with criminal attempt of enticing a minor for indecent purposes.
Kenneth James Tennison, 23, of Waynesville, Georgia. He is charged with sexual exploitation of children.
Travis Lamar Nicholson, 34, of Mississippi. He is charged with sexual exlploitation of children and possession of methamphetamine.
Arvy Wesley Peters Jr., 43 of Brunswick, Florida. He is charged with sexual exploitation of children.
Kevin Chad Hardy, 32 of Columbus, Georgia. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony of child molestation.
Organizations that took part in the investigation include the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Crimes Against Children task force, WSAV reports.
The five men were issued various serious charges which include: criminal attempt of enticing a minor for indecent purposes, sexual exploitation of children, possession of methamphetamine and criminal attempt to commit a felony of child molestation.
Some suspects sent obscene photos to whom they believed were minors and asked them to send over photos of a pornographic nature in return according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The Columbus Police and the Effingham County Sheriff Department are also said to have helped with the investigation.
Law enforcement say more charges could be filed against the five men.
"We will continue to be proactive in identifying, apprehending and prosecuting individuals who exploit children," Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor told News4Jax, "This type of cooperation and collaboration is invaluable in the effort to keep our children safe from predators who seek to harm them."
[Photos: Camden County Sheriff's Office]