Saltillo man convicted on enticement charge

news_court_greenBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

OXFORD – A Saltillo man was found guilty in federal court Tuesday of enticing a minor female for sex.

Gary Waddle, 66, of Saltillo, was convicted by a jury in the Northern District Court of Mississippi. He remains out on bond and will be sentenced at a later date.

Waddle was the most recent of a group of more than a dozen men charged in a sex-sting operation out of Lee County to go to trial.

A federal jury acquitted Christopher Pickle, 30, of Amory, of similar charges last month. The majority of the men charged in the sting have entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing before a federal judge.

The sting involves a trained law enforcement officer posing as a 15-year-old female on the Internet. The online persona lures the men to meet her.

The minimum sentence for anyone found guilty of child enticement is 10 years in prison and can be up to life in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Christopher Caldwell, 38, of Robertsdale, Ala. is the next slated to fight his enticement charges in court. His trial is set for April 21.