Air Guard Colonel Accused of Soliciting Boy for Sex

Col Michael Shawn GarrettCol Michael Shawn Garrett

By Northwest Florida Daily News

An Air National Guard colonel was arrested after soliciting sex from an undercover officer portraying a 14-year-old boy online.

Michael Shawn Garrett, who is 44, was taken into custody by the Panama City Beach Police Department after he drove to what he believed was the child’s home, according to a press release from the Panama City Beach Police Department.

In a conversation with the person he believed to be a child, he described in detail his interest in having sex with the boy and insisted on meeting in person.
He was charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex, solicitation of a minor for sex and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Garrett is stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, according to PCBPD.

“The Air Force sets high standards for our people and we won’t tolerate airmen who fall short of those standards,” Tyndall said in a released statement.

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UPDATE: Air Force colonel arrested for allegedly soliciting minor for sex, goes before a judge,

Colonel Michael Shawn Garrett made his first appearance before a judge on Tuesday.

He is charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex, solicitation of a minor for sex and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Bay County Judge Timothy Campbell has set a $22,000 bond for the three charges.

A Panama City Beach Police investigator says it was a combined effort from law enforcement to arrest him.

“It’s basically a bunch of agencies combing efforts to seek out individuals preying on our children online and hold them accountable because what they’re doing is horrendous and they need to be brought to justice,” said Lieutenant J.R. Talamantez.

Garrett is expected to be back in court on June 26th.

3 Comments on "Air Guard Colonel Accused of Soliciting Boy for Sex"

  1. Avatar Skip Munger | May 23, 2017 at 17:08 | Reply

    Not so fast, ANGie. It’s true what you’ve said, as far as it goes, but the Chief of the National Guard Bureau is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…so…all National Guard units, both Army and Air Force, are indeed part of the military chain of command.

  2. You should use one of the updated TV affiliate articles that identify him as an Air National Guard Colonel.

    As state militia units, the Air National Guard is not in the normal United States Air Force chain of command. They are under the jurisdiction of the United States National Guard Bureau unless they are federalized by order of the President of the United States.

  3. Avatar ChecksGood | May 17, 2017 at 09:37 | Reply

    Our commanders keep telling us in the membership that NOTF and AuxBeacon and CAP Insights are fake news run by the disgruntled, but this story checks out. The commanders are lying to the membership.

    How do pedophiles make it to the field grade officer ranks and command positions in the Air Guard, Civil Air Patrol and United States Air Force?

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