Investigators in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office say Operation Good Shepherd began in late October and netted the arrests of ten suspects accused of using the internet to try to lure children for sex. Suspects range in age from 24 to 47 years old. Authorities in Gainesville say eight of the arrests were made in Hall County; the other two in Forsyth and Floyd counties.
From the Hall Co Sheriff’s Office…
An undercover Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigation culminated on Wednesday, November 27, with the arrest of the final suspect in Operation Good Shepherd, a concentrated effort targeting online child predators.
Personnel with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations division began the operation in lateOctober, participating in online communication with adults who believed they were having exchanges with minors. During the effort, Investigators had interaction with subjects through various mobile applications, including social media platforms and text messaging.
Individuals identified in the operation range in age from 24 to 47 and live in Georgia cities stretching from Cleveland to Lilburn. The offenses included but were not limited to offers of money to a child (Investigator) to perform sexual acts, sending obscene images and describing sex acts. Law enforcement began taking subjects into custody on Thursday, November 21, with arrests occurring on an almost daily basis thereafter.
The Floyd County Police Department and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office made one arrest each in the operation in their respective jurisdictions. Hall County Investigators made the remaining eight.
Operation Good Shepherd was carried out in collaboration with the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Floyd County Police Department.
While the operation has concluded, each case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and additional charges are possible.
“I’m very proud of the efforts of our own Criminal Investigations Division in heading up and executing this operation,” Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said. “I’m confident the hard work of our team and partner agencies in this effort will make the community safer for our children.”
Thursday, Nov. 21
Patrick C. Reese, 32, of Flowery Branch *Arrested in Floyd County by the Floyd County Police Department Sexual exploitation of children Aggravated child molestation, criminal attempt
Friday, Nov. 22
Alan Alberto Rojas, 24, of Lilburn Child molestation, criminal attempt Aggravated child molestation, criminal attempt Obscene material, furnish electronically to minor Enticing a child online Human trafficking
Saturday, Nov. 23
Cynthia Lynn Michelle Lloyd, 25, of Gainesville Prostitution
Patricia Erica Burt, 37, of Cumming Prostitution Human trafficking
Monday, Nov. 25
Michael Ryan Jewell, 35, of Buford **Released from Hall County Jail on Tuesday, Nov. 26, $5,700 bond Sexual exploitation of children
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Christopher Alan Hoover, 33, of Jasper Enticing a child online x 5 Sexual exploitation of children Pandering by compulsion
Colt David Clemmer, 33, of Talmo Sexual exploitation of children
Matthew David Ingram, 34, of Gainesville Sexual exploitation of children x 3
William David Gowdy, 40, of Cumming *Arrested in Forsyth County by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Sexual exploitation of children x 3 Electronic enticement of a minor
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Jason Noel Lingerfelt, 47, of Cleveland Enticing a child online x 4