By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Six more men face federal charges they tried to entice a minor female for sex.
Their arrests continue in a string of charges coming from a sex-sting operation out of Lee County, where a trained law enforcement officer masquerades as a 15-year-old female on the Internet.
The accused men’s arrests come from indictments issued April 24 by a federal grand jury.
• Christopher Pickle, 30, of Amory. He is free on $10,000 bond.
• El-Habib Oujihna, 32, of Southaven. He is free on $10,000 bond with trial set for June 17.
• Jon Cody Pannell, 21, of New Albany. He is free on $5,000 bond.
• Bradley Allen Gilmore, 23, of Potts Camp. He is free on $10,000 bond with trial set for June 24.
• Garry Waddle, 65, of Saltillo. He is free on $5,000 bond.
• Alex Dewain Berry, 28, of Pontotoc. It’s unclear if he is still in custody or released on his personal recognizance.
Each man has pleaded not guilty.
While the dates of their alleged crimes vary from February through April, the accusations are much the same – that they used the Internet and cell phone to attempt to persuade a minor to have sex, which under Mississippi law constitutes statutory rape and sexual battery.
In some instances, the government also asks that each defendant forfeit a vehicle or “substitute property,” if he is convicted.
Other penalties for conviction is not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.