LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Six men were arrested for reportedly trying to meet children to have an "unlawful sexual relationship," police say. The men were arrested during a two month long undercover operation where detectives portrayed themselves as children on social media.
According to the Lincolnton Police Department, the men were arrested after they reportedly arrived to a pre-determined location to the meet the undercover detectives, who were posing as minors.
Police released this statement Tuesday:
The six men were each taken to the Lincoln County Jail.
- Robert Richard Quigg, of Valdese, was charged with two counts of soliciting a minor for sex and appearing. Police say Quigg was already listed as a registered sex offender. He was given a $100,000 bond.
- Loy Everette Huckle, of Dallas, was charged with one count of soliciting a minor for sex and appearing and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor.
- Devin Cole Mayberry, of Statesville, was charged with one count of soliciting a minor for sex and appearing.
- Timothy Harold Purley, of Newton, was charged with soliciting a minor for sex and appearing. He was given a $25,000 bond.
- Michael Lee Williams, of Polkton, was charged with soliciting a minor for sex and appearing. He was given a $25,000 bond.
- James Frederick Turner, of Charlotte, was charged with two counts of soliciting a minor and appearing for sex and two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Police say more charges are possible.
If you have any questions about this case, you can call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-726-8909. All calls made to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously and the caller is eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward if the information provided leads to an arrest.