The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 16 individuals following an undercover cyber-sex sting operation named Operation Wolf Hunter. The sting was conducted in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, several state law enforcement agencies, and the US Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, all members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The operation began Oct. 21 and concluded the morning of Oct. 27, nabbing a total of 16 arrests after investigators went online to various chat forums searching for individuals who were looking for sexual activity with a child. All suspects are charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Using an On-Line Service to Lure/Entice a Minor.
A Gulf Breeze man was one of the 16 arrested. Jacob James Brenner, a registered sex offender, was booked on charges of obscene communication, computer pornography, and using a computer service to seduce or solicit a child.
According to his arrest report, Brenner traveled from Gulf Breeze to a predetermined location for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a person he believed to be a 14-year old female. During conversations between Brenner and the undercover officer who was posing as the mother of the female, Brenner solicited to engage in sexual activities with the 14-year old female. The location was provided to Brenner via electronic communication at approximately 10:30 p.m. By midnight, Brenner arrived at the location and was taken into custody.
In 2006, Brenner was convicted of two felony counts of lewd, lascivious battery and sex with a victim aged 12-15 years old in Sarasota, Fla. In the Sarasota County arrest report obtained by Navarre Press, the investigation revealed that on two separate occasions, Brenner had sex with a girl who was older than 12 and younger than 15. The victim admitted to sneaking out of her house in order to be with Brenner. In March 2015, he was arrested in Escambia County for larceny and again in June for trespassing, only 16 days after he was released on the larceny charges.
Also arrested were James Patrick Applegate and Cameron William Ahlsen Girard who are employed at St. Mary Catholic School in Fort Walton Beach. Both are charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Using an On-Line Service to Lure/Entice a minor.
In addition, thirteen others were taken into custody:
Ali Khaleel Huthail of Panama City
Michael Bradley Christmas of Fort Walton Beach
Adam Chay Bairos of Valparaiso
William Max Gage Calton of Valparaiso
David Allen Royce of Freeport
Garrett Thomas Richards of Hurlburt Field
Tejay Landon Aplin of Panama City
Darin Roger Paddie of Niceville
Chad Michael Keiser of Panama City
Robert Donald Lawson of Andalusia, Ala.
David McLeod of Shalimar
John Joseph Schreiner of Mary Esther
William Myrick, no address available
Investigators in the operation are encouraging parents to use parental monitoring software for computers and smartphones, to become familiar and learn to utilize social media and to speak to their children about the dangers of the internet.