Augusta > GBI Busts Child Sex Ring

| May 19, 2015


AUGUSTA — GBI agents in their most recent child-predator sting, busted, among others, a soldier, a jailer, an actor and a funeral director.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation task force arrested 22 people in middle Georgia since last Thursday and charged them with attempted child molestation because of attempts to meet who they thought were underage teens for sex.

The GBI partnered with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in “Operation May Day” targeting potential child molesters in Internet chat rooms, many of whom traveled for their “dates.” The GBI credited police agencies from across Georgia for assisting in the task force including Atlanta, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Woodstock, Carrollton, Columbus and DeKalb, Kennesaw, Coweta and Cobb counties.

“The children these predators target are both boys and girls,” said GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang in an email. “In addition, the operation targeted those that are willing to exploit children by purchasing sex with a minor, and the recruitment of victims of child sex trafficking.”

Addition charges may be forthcoming, Lang said.

The following were arrested and charged in Richmond County as part of “Operation Mayday”:

  • Thomas Michael Moxley, Jr., 43, from Aiken, S.C., tire store employee
  • Cody Allen Bondurant, 23, from Martinez, actor
  • Paul Ellis Kitchens, 44, from Augusta, funeral home director
  • Richard Dean Tyndall, 24, from Evans, electrician
  • Leon Cornelius Holley, 20, from Grovetown, retail stocker
  • John Kenneth Crowley, 30, from Augusta, unemployed
  • Kyle Andrew Negus, 26, from Augusta, software programmer
  • Travis Demond Driggers, 34, from Louisville, correctional officer
  • Matthew Kyle Sears, 25, from Augusta, tire store employee
  • Matthew Robert Tyndall, 25, from Augusta, restaurant manager
  • Cody Justin Pobanz, 27, from Augusta, crane tech
  • Christopher Anthony Titre, 22, from Martinez, grocery store employee
  • Jordan Andrew Waters, 22, from Beach Island, SC, pharmacy tech
  • Ruben Ellis Reese, 52, from Martinez, deputy jailer
  • Nicholas Sebastian Barber, 23, from Martinez, pool attendant
  • Ian B. Shelby, 25, from Martinez, university student
  • Everett Ryan Lewis, 21, from Baxley, laborer
  • Heather Elyssa Myers, 19, from Fort Gordon, soldier
  • Reginald Martinez Grubbs, 40, from Waynesboro, truck driver
  • Jordan Blake Roberts, 21, from Grovetown, airman
  • Nicholas Michael Hopkins, 25, from Evans, landscaper
  • Tyler Alexander Judkins, 19, from Evans, student

“Six of those arrested also admitted to previous sexual contact with children,” Lang said in the email.

The task force made 185 arrests in 2014 and has made over 1,300 arrests since its inception in 2002, she said.

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  1. carolineredbrook says:

    Accused pedophiles like these 22 predators, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. must be apprehended before they have decades to prey upon our children. Sandusky is behind bars. But unfortunately, Sylvain Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Sylvain Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, where he was a teacher at College Blaise Pascal and author of a children’s textbook, “Join The Team”, is now a fugitive from the law. Kustyan led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the UK, The US and Ireland. Victims of Child Sexual Abuse often suffer lifelong physical problems as well as the psychological and emotional trauma from their horrifying experiences. Male victims have 3x’s the heart attack risk and 10x’s the suicide rate. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% they must be stopped ASAP!

  2. justathought says:

    The facts of these cases need to be made public. Many of these individuals were on adult datings sites seeking adults. A good portion of these conversations were initiated by an undercover originally posing with a profile of an 18 or 19 year old . These sites required you to be at least 18 to even set up a profile. At some point after they got the chats going, they threw in there that they were 14, 15 or almost 16. A large number of those arrested are under 25 and simply made a bad choice after they were baited along. I am all for catching child predators, but cops should not be on adult sites targeting individuals that were not seeking anyone under the age of 18 to begin with. Some how these cases seem to scream entrapment, and it is wrong to ruin so many young lives in this manner!