18 arrested in 'Operation Riptide', 5 from Jacksonville

Undercover operation “Operation Riptide” targeted online child predators and resulted in the arrest of 18 people, including 5 from Jacksonville, authorities said.

Those arrested traveled from areas around Brunswick and North Florida intending to meet a child for sex, officials said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Glynn County Police Department made the arrests over a five-day period beginning May12. Officials said 18 additional law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices participated in “Operation Riptide.”

“This type of cooperation and collaboration is invaluable in the effort to keep our children safe from predators who seek to harm them.  This successful operation was a partnership between all the agencies involved,” said Debbie Garner, GBI special agent in charge and commander of the internet crimes against children task force.

Some of their occupations included construction worker, pharmacy student, EMT/fireman, truck driver and food and beverage manager.

“The children in our community need people to keep them safe.  We will be their guardian angels.  We will look out for them," said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.

The following were arrested and charged in Glynn County:

  1. Kenneth Dwayne Baker, 24, Waynesville, Georgia
  2. Christopher Oquendo Martinez, 24, Jacksonville
  3. Donald Ray Sheffield, 58, Jacksonville
  4. Sanjeev Hansraj Seenath, 25, Jacksonville
  5. Rigoberto Margarito Hernandez, 21, Brunswick, Georgia
  6. Andrew Chase Lowe, 19, St. Marys, Georgia
  7. John Robert Schmidt, 36, Jacksonville
  8. Samuel M. Lee, 26, St. Marys, Georgia
  9. Michael Morrow Foley, 52, Ponte Vedra Beach
  10. Ulbio Quijije, 26, Kingsland, Georgia
  11. Andrew Paul Stawniczy, 25, Orange Park
  12. Bryant Keith Taylor, 35, Brunswick, Georgia
  13. Armando Modesto-Sevilla, 22, Waycross, Georgia
  14. Joshua Adam Bullard, 19, Kings Bay, Georgia
  15. Aaron Wayne Jacobs, 27, Waynesville, Georgia
  16. Antwan Levar Polite, 26, Hinesville, Georgia
  17. Kevin Scott Kerr, 48, St. Paul, Minnnesota
  18. Troy Austin Piano, 23, Jacksonville

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