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Thomson resident is charged with pandering at motel

A 33-year-old Thomson man is one of seven persons taken into custody by Columbia County authorities in recent days on charges of pandering at a local motel.

Columbia County Sheriff's Department Major Rick Whitaker identified the Thomson man as Charles Bradford English, who was arrested last Thursday night.

Mr. English along with Benjamin Thomas Tanner, 27, of Grovetown and Winston James O'Connell, 31, of Augusta, were arrested after they reportedly solicited an undercover officer "to perform an act of prostitution," according to reports filed by investigators.

"The suspects arrested basically offered money for sexual services," Maj. Whitaker said.

The sheriff's official said authorities had received complaints about prostitution and other illegal activities at the Super 8 Motel, located at 456 Park West Drive near Interstate 20.

Investigators subsequently conducted a two-day operation at the motel, which resulted in seven pandering arrests and two drug arrests.

Four other suspects were taken into custody last Friday night. They were identified as Robert Wayne Barker, 55, of Augusta; Steve Craig Terry, 51, of Aiken, S.C.; Nathan Kurt Heatwall Goering, 42, of Keysville; and Gilberto Alvarez-Martinez, 30, of Martinez, were charged with pandering, too, at the same location.

All seven suspects since have been released from the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling. Bail was set in each of those cases at $1,600, jail records show.

Two other men, were arrested early last Saturday at the motel on cocaine and marijuana charges. The two were identified as Chartez Franklin Kitchings, 30 and Marlin Boaz Landy, 26, both of Aiken, S.C. They still were being held Saturday in the Columbia County Detention Center on bonds of $16,700 each.

Web posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009

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