"We did receive some complaints of some prostitution and other activities going on at the location," Columbia County sheriff's Maj. Rick Whitaker said Saturday.
Acting on those complaints, Columbia County sheriff's investigators conducted a two-day operation at the Super 8 motel at 456 Park West Drive near Interstate 20, which resulted in seven pandering arrests and two drug arrests.
On Thursday night Charles Bradford English, 33, of Thomson; Benjamin Thomas Tanner, 27, of Grovetown; and Winston James O'Connell, 31, of Augusta, were arrested after they solicited an undercover officer "to perform an act of prostitution," according to reports by the sheriff's investigators.
"The suspects arrested basically offered money for sexual services," Maj. Whitaker said.
On Friday night, Robert Wayne Barker, 55, of Augusta; Steve Craig Terry, 51, of Aiken; Nathan Kurt Heatwall Goering, 42, of Keysville, Ga; and Gilberto Alvarez-Martinez, 30, of Martinez, were arrested at the same location and charged with pandering, according to jail records.
All seven have been released from the Columbia County Detention Center on $1,600 bonds.
Two other men were arrested at the motel early Saturday morning on cocaine and marijuana charges. Chartez Franklin Kitchings, 30, and Marlin Boaz Landy, 26, both of Aiken, remained jailed Saturday with bonds set at $16,700, according to jail records.
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