17 charged in latest crackdown on sex-related crimes

Those prostitution, pandering, and sexual exploitation charges we reported over the weekend? Turns out they were part of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office’s (HCSO’s) ongoing Operation Good Shepherd, an undercover sting operation that netted four arrests in January.

The sheriff’s office said Monday more than a dozen people were arrested on various charges, including electronic exploitation of a minor, prostitution, pandering and drug possession. They range in age from 22-57 and come from as far away as Highlands, N.C. and Bonaire, Ga.

HCSO NEWS RELEASE:

“The ongoing goal of the sting is to round up suspects who use the Internet for illegal sexual activity.
The most recent part of the operation began the afternoon of Friday, February 23 and continued
into the early-morning hours of Sunday, February 25. A total of 17 suspects traveled to a location in
Hall County for the purpose of illegal sexual encounters during that time frame. Sixteen (16)
suspects were arrested; one fled from the scene and remains at large.
Of those arrested, four (4) were charged with felony electronic exploitation of a minor after
believing they would be meeting with a victim under the age of 16 for the purpose of having sex.
Eight (8) suspects were charged with prostitution, while four (4) were charged with pandering.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) investigators spearheaded the operation with officers from the
Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Patrol Division and Jail Division participating. The Georgia
Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Floyd County Police Department and the Grovetown Police
Department, acting under the umbrella of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force,
were instrumental in the success of the operation as well.
Those arrested as part of Operation Good Shepherd, along with their charges, are listed here
alphabetically:
 Kimberly Rene Banks, 55, Decatur, GA
Prostitution
 Tegra Eishell Butler, 34, Elberton, GA
Prostitution
 Steve Ray Dotson, 34, Highlands, NC
Pandering
 Rene Gamara, 44, Bonaire, GA
Electronic exploitation of a minor (felony)
 Staveona Monnay Harris, 22, Gainesville, GA
Prostitution

 Andrei Konapliannik, 35, Decatur, GA
Pandering
 Jerry Mansili, 34, Gainesville, GA
Electronic exploitation of a minor (felony)
 Donald Jay McCurry, 57, Commerce, GA
Electronic exploitation of a minor (felony)
 Trashawna Shanay Melvin, 32, Fairburn, GA
Prostitution, possession of MDMA (felony), possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
 Bartie Musa, 31, Duluth, GA
Pandering
 Antonio Orofino, 49, Snellville, GA
Electronic exploitation of a minor (felony)
 Frank Lee Sewell, 36, Nicholson, GA
Prostitution, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
 Matthew Tyler Harvey Shelley, 32, Commerce, GA
Pandering
 Tamara Ann Turk, 40, Cleveland, GA
Prostitution, possession of methamphetamine (felony), possession of less than an ounce of
marijuana
 LaPaige Nicole Ware, 30, Gainesville, GA
Prostitution
 Cora Watts, 49, Norcross, GA
Prostitution
Brandon McDaniel-Waddell, 29, of Winder remains at large. He is wanted on a charge of sexual
exploitation of a minor.”