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Tri-State men arrested during anti-human trafficking, pedophile operation, sheriff says

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Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 2:16 PM EDT
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SEYMOUR, Indiana (FOX19) - A pair of men from the Tri-State were among those arrested during an anti-human trafficking and pedophile operation.

Richard Holman, 60, of Holton, Indiana, and Christopher Wylie, 33, of Amelia, Ohio, were both arrested last week for child solicitation and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The operation, which resulted in eight people being arrested, started on March 9 with law enforcement using fake online profiles to talk with the suspects on sex trafficking and prostitution websites, the sheriff explained.

Using decoy profiles of 15 to 19-year-old girls, law enforcement sent and received 7,000 messages during the operation, the sheriff said.

Richard Holman, 60, of Holton, Indiana, was arrested for child solicitation and attempted...
Richard Holman, 60, of Holton, Indiana, was arrested for child solicitation and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the sheriff's department.(WXIX)

Eight men, ranging in ages from 19 to 60, were ultimately arrested by the end of the operation on March 11, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

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