5 arrested for soliciting sex with underaged girl

 SHALIMAR, Fla., Dec. 21, 2020–A joint law enforcement sting effort targeting individuals soliciting sex with an underage girl led to five arrests during “Operation Home Alone.” 

All five defendants are charged with using a computer to solicit a minor, traveling to meet a minor for sex and use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony. 

Arrested were:

Teswayne Hanna, 27, Destin

Cody Dewayne Jones, 26, Laurel Hill

Robert Dewayne Peterson, 24, Fort Walton Beach

Gabriel Christopher Petty, 21, Shalimar

Phillip Wayne Rugg, 37, Opp, Ala. 

Jones faces an additional charge of attempted production of child pornography by asking for sexual images. 

During “Operation Home Alone” between Dec. 14 and 18, the five defendants solicited an undercover officer, posing as a 14-year-old juvenile female, for sexual encounters via social media platforms and traveled to a predetermined location to have sex with the girl. 

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Walton Beach Police Department, Crestview Police Department, State Attorney’s Office and Walton County Sheriff’s Office took part. 

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release

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