Army captain, law enforcement officer among men arrested for soliciting children for sex – 104.5 WOKV


The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office released the arrests made as part of “Operation Keystroke” Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Bill Leeper said that during the four-day operation, these men allegedly targeted those they thought were children on social media and solicited them for sex. They were actually talking to undercover investigators.

“If you’re a parent, this should freak you out,” Leeper said.

The 11 men arrested were mostly from the Jacksonville area. Some of them were married and had children of their own. Leeper said instead of meeting children, the men met law enforcement.

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“We came into contact with real monsters,” said Leeper.

PICTURES: Nassau County Sheriff Announces Arrest of Men Soliciting Children for Sex in ‘Operation Keystroke’

Here are the details Leeper shared during Wednesday’s press conference about each of the arrested men:

Richard Capra, 43, Yulee

  • I thought he was traveling to have sex with a 14 year old.
  • He said he would pay her $125 and use a condom so he wouldn’t get her pregnant.
  • A career criminal and was released from Florida State Prison after a burglary and another felony.

Tavarris Andrews, 31, Lehigh Acres, Florida

  • Captain in the US Army, stationed at West Point Military Academy.
  • Wanted to have sex with 14 year old; told her he didn’t like using condoms.
  • Says other “unpleasant things”; fled from law enforcement.

Justin Campbell, 33, Woodbine, Georgia.

  • 14 year old wanted
  • He said he wanted to have “mean, nasty sex” and wanted nude pictures of a child.
  • He said he was willing to pay $50 and brought Skyy vodka to the spot.

Sprite Poleski, 19, Jacksonville

  • Admitted to soliciting a minor for sexual acts.
  • He said if he met her in person, he would discourage her from having online meetings to have sex.
  • Deputies found 120 grams of marijuana in his car.

Charles McPhail, Jacksonville

  • I wanted to have sex with a 14 year old boy.
  • He claimed he really wasn’t going to do anything. He just wanted to talk.

Baraka Johnson, 25, Jacksonville

  • I wanted to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, as well as several other people “taking turns”.
  • Had 17.3 grams of marijuana in his possession.

Khalil Nether, 26, Sumner, Ga.

  • I wanted to have sex with a 14 year old boy.
  • Traveled to a secret place to have sex.
  • Was ordered out when encountered by law enforcement.
  • He drove off, got stuck in a ditch.
  • He feared it would ruin his chances of joining the army.

Antonio Morales, 30, Jacksonville

  • I wanted to have sex with a 14 year old boy.
  • Charged with 6 counts of child pornography on his phone.

Carlos James, 34, Jacksonville

  • Formerly employed by K9s For Warriors as a dog trainer.
  • I thought he was communicating with the 13-year-old mother. When told the girl was 13, he said he was okay with that.
  • K9s for Warriors released the following statement on James’ arrest: “We know that former employee Carlos James has been arrested. James was employed by our organization for approximately 5 weeks before being terminated on September 1 for not coming to work. Prior to being hired, we conducted a extensive background checks on the employee and have found no history of sex-related offenses.K9s For Warriors finds the alleged crime reprehensible, disgusting and completely at odds with our values.

Jeremy Kinsey, 30, Jacksonville

  • Online release for sex.
  • When he found out she was 14, he said he wasn’t interested. She said she must be old enough to buy cigarettes.
  • Then he changed his mind and went online again.
  • He said he was willing to give her $50 for sex and said he would wear a condom so he wouldn’t get her pregnant.

Jeffrey Burrel, Fort Myers

  • “It’s a picture of a dirty old man,” Leeper said of Burrell.
  • I wanted to pay a 14 year old girl to perform sex acts on him in the car.
  • I wanted to know if she was too young for marijuana
  • He said he was in Brunswick, Georgia, in the area
  • Burrell is a law enforcement officer with the Lee County Port Authority Police Department
  • He retired after 31 years of service as a law enforcement officer in Quincy, MA

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