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Two arrested in child molestation sting in Effingham Co.

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Two men have been charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation this past week during a sting conducted by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

On Monday, Douglas Shontz, 63, of Pooler met with who he thought was an underage girl at a gas station on U.S. 80 for sex, but was greated by Effingham County Deputies.

On Thursday, Kevin Horton, 24, of Springfield, met with who he also thought was an underage girl for sex at Bakers Pond in Springfield but was met by Effingham County Deputies.

Shontz was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation. Horton was also arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation and sexual exploitation and furnishing obscene materials to a minor.

"The Effingham County Sheriff's Office also participated in a multiagency, four-day operation in Dekalb County which netted 14 arrestees who traveled with the intent to meet a child for sex," said David Ehsanipoor, ECSO Public Information Officer.

"Operation Broken Heart" was an effort centered in DeKalb County. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the operation took months of planning.  The arrestees, ranging in age from 21 to 64, traveled from all parts of northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex.

Thirty-seven law enforcement agencies and prosecutors participated in "Operation Broken Heart" along with the GBI's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center.  The operation began Feb. 26.

Those arrested were charged with Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999.

The following were arrested and charged in DeKalb County as part of "Operation Broken Heart":

  *   Kahsi Butler, 31, of Conyers (musician)
  *   Fred Gregory Chatham, 64, of Griffin (field tech)
  *   Benjamin Hopson, 21, of Lithonia (grocery store employee)
  *   John Benjamin Katz, 29, of Fairburn (drafter)
  *   Cheney Li, 22, of Atlanta (software developer)
  *   John McGill, 56, of Villa Rica (elementary school principal)
  *   J. B. Owen, 58, of Canton (VP of ambulance service)
  *   Marc Matthew Peterson, 38, of Acworth (culinary business manager)
  *   Tiana Cousteau Reese, 38, of College Park
  *   Tracy Antonio Solomon, 50, of Stockbridge (airport crew outfitter)
  *   Choon Hong David Tan, 52, of Johns Creek (engineer)
  *   Richard Roger Tumlin, 49, of Winder (load operator)
  *   Kenneth Walker, 48, of Winder (sales)

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