US Army colonel busted in sheriff department's online predator sting operation

US Army colonel busted in sheriff department's online predator sting operation

FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) - A colonel at Fort Jackson was one of more than 30 people arrested in an online predator sting operation led by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

According to Richland County investigators, Fernando Guadalupe, Jr., was charged with solicitation. According to the U.S. Army website, Guadalupe assumed command of the Leader Training Brigade at Fort Jackson in January 2017.

Fort Jackson issued a statement to WIS saying:

We are aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct by a Soldier assigned to Fort Jackson.  The Soldier has been suspended from his duties pending the outcome of the investigation. We are fully cooperating with local authorities of the Richland County, SC Sheriff's Department.  The Fort Jackson leadership takes these allegations seriously.  Sexual misconduct is inconsistent with Army values and the Army profession.  For information regarding this case, please contact the Richland County Sheriff's office.

Guadalupe was one of 38 people arrested in the Richland County Sheriff's Department's "Operation Full Armor," where the arrests range from prostitution to the solicitation of a minor.

The colonel's charge is not associated with minors.

WIS has reached out to the Richland County Sheriff's Department for more information on Guadalupe's arrest and hasn't received a response.

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