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Gainesville college student among 14 men snagged in Putnam County's 'Operation Be Mine'

Source: Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

A Gainesville college student is among 14 men who police say traveled to Putnam County to have sex with underage children they thought they were meeting online.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies say the undercover sting, called "Operation Be Mine", began in early February. They say all 14 suspects, only one of whom was from Putnam County, traveled there to meet a minor between the ages of 11 and 14. Instead they were met by the Putnam County Sheriff's SWAT Team.

Among those arrested were 23-year-old Austin Triplett of Gainesville; Brandon Riggs, a Department of Corrections Juvenile Detention Officer and a member of the Florida National Guard, and a man serving a life sentence for robbery.

"Although only one suspect was from Putnam County, I hope this operation puts Putnam County on the map as a place where out-of-town predators are not welcome," Sheriff H.L. DeLoach said in a statement. "If you travel to Putnam County in hopes of victimizing our children, you will be targeted and you will be arrested.”

Here are the men arrested in the sting:

1. Austin Ezra Triplett (01/13/1995) College Student, Gainesville, FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

2. Devon Shaquiell Sherman (02/12/1995) Unemployed, Madison, FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

3. Brandon Riggs (07/04/1991) Florida Department of Corrections Juvenile Detention Officer, Member of the Florida Army National Guard, Trenton, FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

4. Wayne Douglas Rohn (08/04/1983) Mechanic, South Daytona, FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

5. Donald Lee Bell (10/13/1954) Retired, Summerfield FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

6. Joseph Furey Lusk (07/02/1974) Mechanic, Orlando, FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

7. Cade Hunter Collins (08/24/1999) Student, Hollister FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

8. Gary Edward Riley III (05/16/1995) Information Technology, Orlando FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

9. Michael Jeffrey Glenn (11/02/1982) Bartender, Jacksonville FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

10. Richard Dennison (05/12/1971), Transient, Jacksonville FL

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

11. Jeffrey Michael Byrum (01/31/1981) Unknown occupation, Unknown city of residence

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

12. Edward John Horn (06/16/1985) Marion County Florida Road Department Dunnellion FL

• Solicited a minor for sex

13. Gary Simo (10/18/1972), Currently serving life sentence for robbery in the Florida Department of Corrections at the South Bay Correctional Facility

• Transmit pornography to a minor from a cell phone smuggled into the prison.

14. Kenneth Richard Hillman (11/10/1963), Unemployed, from Homerville GA

• Traveled to have sex with a minor

The sheriff's office says it was assisted by several agencies, including the Gainesville Police Department, the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the Palatka Police Department, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Orange Park Police Department, the Tallahassee Police Department and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

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