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Ovett man charged with sexual exploitation of children in GA

Travis Lamar Nicholson (Photo source: Camden County Sheriff's Office) Travis Lamar Nicholson (Photo source: Camden County Sheriff's Office)
Camden County, GA (WDAM) -

An Ovett man is facing felony charges in Georgia following a child exploitation sting dubbed “Operation Slumber Party.”

Travis Lamar Nicholson, 34, was one of five suspects arrested by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in Woodbine, GA. Nicholson is charged with sexual exploitation of children and possession of methamphetamine.

According to the sheriff’s department, “Operation Slumber Party” was an online undercover investigation targeting potential child predators. Officials with the sheriff’s department said several of the suspects arrested traveled to Camden County with the intent to meet a child for sex.

Officials with the sheriff’s department said investigators working the case contacted the suspects through websites used for dating, socializing and classified advertisements. In some cases, the suspects exposed the undercover investigators, who were posing as minors, to pornography or asked them to take nude photos of themselves.

According to the sheriff’s department, Nicholson was staying at a hotel in Camden County when he was arrested.

Capt. James Bruce, with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, said Nicholson is being held without bond.

The other suspects charged in the investigation are:

  • Kenneth James Tennison, 23, from Waynesville, GA. Charged with sexual exploitation of children
  • Brian Robert Gleason, 42, from St. Augustine, FL. Charged with criminal attempt enticing a minor for indecent purposes
  • Arvy Wesley Peters Jr., 43, from Brunswick, GA. Charged with sexual exploitation of children
  • Kevin Chad Hardy, 32, from Columbus, GA. Charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony (child molestation)

Bruce said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.

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