MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More than 40 people are facing charges after an investigation targeting child predators and sex traffickers in the Upstate.
One of those men came from Myrtle Beach, and he's accused of wanting to eat a child and engage in bestiality.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office charged Justin Bensing with two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor.
FOX Carolina reports Bensing's accused of soliciting an undercover officer who he thought was a minor child, asking if she was "ready to be a full time baby maker and sex slave?"
According to authorities, the Internet Crimes Against Children unit in Greenville worked with the same unit here in Horry County to arrest Bensing earlier this year.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune responded to the arrest with a statement that read:
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean also responded with a statement that read:
According to court records, Bensing lives in the Emmens Preserve neighborhood in Myrtle Beach near The Market Common. People who live nearby couldn't believe the news.
"I am just appalled," Spring Haigler, who lives in Emmens Preserve, said. "I think anybody would be to know that somebody has those kinds of thoughts, especially in the same area where you're living. It's pretty terrifying, but I guess it can happen anywhere."