Georgia college dean among 14 charged with child sex trafficking

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WVLT/WCTV) -- A dean for a Georgia university was arrested along with multiple others in connection to child sex trafficking, officials said.

WCTV reported that 14 men were arrested and accused of communicating with children online and traveling to meet them for sex. Among those charged was Keith Walters, a dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Valdosta State University.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the arrests occurred following a four-day undercover operation which involved nearly 20 agencies.

Investigators said all of the suspects, ranging in ages from 24 to 57, traveled around South Georgia for the acts.

In some of the cases, the GBI said the suspects sent obscene or lewd content or requested pornographic images from undercover officers posing as children.

The following people were arrested:

Dave Vincent Almon, 43, retail manager
Billy Stephen Carter, 57, truck driver
Eric Bernard Copeland, press operator
Walter Lee Curry, 33, laborer
Jamian Hogan, 34, retail associate
John Henry Hursey, 45, carpenter
Eugene Andega Mainah, 35, unemployed
Keith Morrison, 43, truck driver
Wyman Rene Phillips, 36, electrician
Wilford Sermons, 28, customer service representative
Josue Trejo, 31, forklift driver
Bronson Jamari D. Tripp, 24, retail associate
Keith Walters, 44, university Dean
Justin Na'eem Warren, 24, student

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