Mt. Pleasant Police arrest 8 on child exploitation charges in ‘Operation Playground’

Mt. Pleasant Police arrest 8 on child exploitation charges in ‘Operation Playground’
Top Row (L-to-R): George Thomas, Robert Nazarro, Matthew Johnson, Donnell Diaz; Bottom Row: Keith Hernkind, Atticus Mills, Therance Jamison, Jacob Ouellette (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Police and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office announced eight arrests Tuesday afternoon in an effort called “Operation Playground.”

The operation also involved the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to Mount Pleasant Police Inspector Don Calabrese.

Police announced the following arrests:

  • George B. Thomas, 36; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted dissemination of obscene material to a minor under 18
  • Robert Nazzaro, 54; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted dissemination of obscene material to a minor under 18
  • Matthew Johnson, 30; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Donnell A. Diaz, 27; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted dissemination of obscene material to a minor under 18
  • Keith R. Hernkind, 38; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted dissemination of obscene material to a minor under 18
  • Atticus L. Mills, 20; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Therance L. Jamison, 56; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Jacob D. Ouellette, 24; charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor

The cases are being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office, Calabrese said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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