The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a man for sending inappropriate material to a child’s cellphone and making arrangements to meet the child.
According to the sheriff’s office, the Ford Elementary School SRO filed a report with investigators on Wednesday.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit investigators discovered someone sent obscene material to a child’s cellphone. The sheriff’s office said the investigators identified the sender as Michael Bernard Bunner.
Using the child’s cellphone, investigators continued to text with Bunner. The sheriff’s office said Bunner believed he was still texting with the child.
Investigators said Bunner made arrangements to pick up the child from a residence to participate in sexual activities.
The sheriff’s office and Laurens Police officers set up surveillance on the residence, in case Bunner arrived to pick up the child.
According to investigators, Bunner arrived at the residence shortly after, exited his vehicle and was arrested by deputies.
Bunner is charged with criminal solicitation of a minor by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and disseminating obscene materials by Laurens Police Department.
He was taken to the Johnson Detention Center, where he is currently being held on these charges.
Investigators said they do not believe there were any other victims.
This is an ongoing investigation.
“This guy is without a doubt a sexual predator of children. There is no place in our Society for such people and I’m glad he is in jail, where he belongs. It’s only by the Grace of God and the courage of the victim’s friends to tell an adult about what was going on that we were able to stop this criminal before he could physically assault the victim,” said Sheriff Don Reynolds in a press release.