Columbia man arrested for solicitation of minor
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Columbia man arrested for solicitation of minor

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Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that a Columbia man has been charged with sending over social media obscene material to a juvenile.

“This individual believed he was communicating with a 14-year-old female,” the sheriff said. “This individual was actually communicating with one of my deputies.”

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David Lambert, 57, has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor and unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person under the age of 18.

Bond for the Cricket Tree Lane man was set on Friday at $15,000 cash or surety.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators were assisting in an undercover chat operation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office from August to November last year.

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However, the OCSO investigators continued the operation in Orangeburg County after Richland County had concluded theirs.

On a social media instant messenger site, Lambert sent obscene messages of having sex with the underage teen persona as well as nude photos of himself.

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Investigators were able to identify Lambert as the sender of the explicit material, in part, through the photos he sent.

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