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.
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.