- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Five men have pleaded guilty in an Amarillo federal court to charges stemming from an undercover sting targeting child sex predators who responded to fake online ads.

The Amarillo Globe-News (https://bit.ly/1HBdRkm ) reports Robert James Tidwell, Brad Eugene Sharber, Jeffery Robert Abraham and Kolby Shelp Kemp each pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

Mario Simental pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted enticement of a child.

Court records say that several of the men exchanged inappropriate messages with an undercover agent posing as an underage girl. The five men each face up to 10 years in prison and possible $250,000 fine.

Four more Amarillo men were arrested in the sting operation, and each face an attempted enticement of a child charge.


Information from: Amarillo Globe-News, https://www.amarillo.com

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