COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A 41-year-old Myrtle Beach man was arrested Tuesday in an undercover internet sting, according to Attorney General Henry McMaster.
James Randall Vereen, according to warrants, was arrested on two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor. The charge is a felony offense punishable with up to 10 years in jail on each count.
Officials allege Vereen began soliciting sex in online "chats" on May 31 with a person he believed to be a minor child. The child, however, was actually an undercover deputy from the Richland County Sheriff's Office.
Vereen was arrested at his residence Tuesday without incident, as agents seized a laptop computer during a search of his home. He is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
The 41-year-old's arrest comes as No. 191 since a law regarding internet predators was passed in April 2004.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department, Horry County Sheriff's Department and Pickens County Sheriff's Department assisted in the case.