Ten men arrested for soliciting sex

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

First at Five, February 8, 2008

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga.---An undercover sting sent ten men to jail for soliciting sex from undercover officers.

Jennifer Crawford likes taking her daughter Arwyn to Pendleton King Park. News of men soliciting sex from undercover officers is not something she wants to hear.

"I'm very sad to hear that people like that exist in the world. They should have more consideration for other people, in particular children," she said.

Investigators received complaints of men having sex in the park, so they set up an undercover sting.

They arrested eight men there for asking undercover officers to have sex in public. Another two were picked up near Lake Olmstead.

Investigators say men have sex not only in the restroom, but also in even more public places like the woods.

"What actually surprised me was that someone would hook up in a public place. Wanna have sex in the public and wanna have sex with a stranger in the public," said Sgt. Richard Elim of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The men arrested range in age from 41 to 81.

Sergeant Elim says one man, Harry Taylor, has an extensive criminal history including violence. Sergeant Elim says Taylor also exposed himself to an officer at the park.

"I just don't understand the need to do those kinds of things in the public," Sgt. Elim said.

Investigators say they found things like baby wipes, lubricant and condoms at the locations.

"I personally have never seen anything unusual going on in this park, but I guess you never know," Crawford.

She says she'll still bring her daughter to the park but now she'll probably keep a closer eye on her.

"I guess you can never be too safe and anytime something like this comes to light you wanna make sure you're doing all the right things as a parent," she said.

Investigators are hoping this sting will help parents make the parks safer.

A similar sting in the park in the summer of 2004 led to 27 arrests.

(Not pictured below: Robert Earl Duggar, W/M, 81 and John Clifford Gregory, W/M, 55.)

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  • by obvious on Mar 18, 2008 at 11:43 PM
    set up ? my behind
  • by ben on Mar 18, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    false media? denial is what it is
  • by anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    set up??? these men set themselves up
  • by gigi Location: augusta on Mar 16, 2008 at 09:05 PM
    I cannot understand why these women stay with this type of man, I don't want to be judgemental I know it must be shocking the first time , but twice? get your head out of the sand
  • by JOE Location: delaware on Mar 13, 2008 at 04:37 PM
    This kind of thing shoud never happen where is has in a public place. BUT all of you need to KEEP THE BIBLE out of it. It has NOTHING to do with it. That is what is wrong with this united states.
  • by Grayson Location: Greene St. on Feb 24, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    Everyone who pipes in on this story is just sensationalizing it a bit more. These men were set up by Richmond County, and what the County officers told the media was a lie. These men were doing nothing wrong by sitting in the park eating their lunch. Stop feeding on this false media and find out the real truth behind your homophobic media and sorry police who have nothing better to do than harass innocent citizens. What about all the drugs, violence, and prostitution in Richmond County...is that not a greater threat to children? I don't think any of these men were endangering children by having their lunch in a park...a public place. How long will it be before Richmond County accuses everyone else of doing illegal things in a park until they shut it down? They already won't let you sit on a public park bench on Greene street without harassing you...and now they are invading other public places too.
  • by Anonymous Location: GA on Feb 22, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    What everyone here does not seem to realize is that these men are sex addicts just like alcoholics. They need help. Rather than tossing stones and being self-righteous, why not do something to offer help to them? Look in the mirror and if you are without sin, cast the first stone. Jeez... hypocrites!
  • by 10:17 Location: GA on Feb 13, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    TO DAUGHTER of GA Power man. I am not without sin. I certainly meant no disrespct by my comment. My point was that society is not to blame & should not embrace behaviors/actions that go against what The Bible states. When I sd that it is up to society to follow what the Bible states is right or wrong...that is exactly what I meant. That does not mean that we will not fall short...we are all human and we will fall short...EVERYTIME. I apologize for offending you; that was NEVER my intent. Thank you for praying for me and know that I have been & will continue to pray for your family, as well as all other families involved.
  • by A Daughter of GA Power man Location: GA on Feb 12, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    TO ELLEN & 10:17 am: Do you follow everyhing in the BIBLE?Have you not ever sinned?Yes it was wrong what they did,BUT GOD DOES FORGIVE.I can't speak for the other fam's but our fam is a Christian Family and we are all shocked also how do you think we feel?It's not your problem(except it being public)so you don't need to worry about our chilldren and DFACS. He didn't commit the crime he was asked a QUESTION. No one was caught doing NE thing. If you can say u have never sinned, then judge all u want but I doubt you haven't.But your nasty comments don't help, why not pray for them and their families, we are hurt enough.And this isn't a DFACS issue the children are safe and this wasn't an act against children,what does that have to do with anthing?You people don't really have JESUS if you can sit there and judge and make ugly comments all day.There are plenty of consequences that come with all this by itself.We need prayer not critisism.We will pray for you also.
  • by William Location: Georgia on Feb 12, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    These people are really SICK! I dont know what to say about THAT!!!
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