Savannah surgeon released on bond after arrest for sending nude photos to undercover officer

Mark Winchell
Mark Winchell(Lexington County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:25 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah surgeon is released on bond after charged in connection to a child sex sting operation.

Dr. Mark Winchell, 49, is accused of sending nude photos of himself to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, according to the arrest warrants from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina.

The warrant states Winchell exchanged the provocative social media messages on Aug. 14, 2021. He also discussed traveling two hours to teach the person he believed was a 14-year-old girl how to have sex, the warrant stated.

The sheriff’s office has arrested 18 people, all men, in connection to an undercover sex sting operation in which deputies posed as underage children on the internet.

Winchell was the final suspect named in the operation, arrested nearly a month after the others. He is the only one from the Savannah area.

As WTOC previously reported, Winchell was booked into the Lexington County Jail on Friday for first degree felony charges, including sexual exploitation of a minor. That’s after he was arrested in Thunderbolt, Ga. on Sept. 29.

Winchell has been released on a $12,000 bond, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office.

WTOC has repeatedly called Winchell’s private practice for comment and was told someone would contact the family.

His medical license is listed as active in the state of Georgia.

WARNING: Some of the details in the arrest warrant may be graphic for some readers.

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