The January 2021 sex sting “Operation Sparrow” has netted two more indictments this past week. The initial sting yielded 10 arrests, and some have already been indicted in the matter.
Indicted this past week were Kadarious Marquel Savon McKelphin, 23, of Tylertown and Harry Anderson Brister III, 29, of Hattiesburg, both on the charge of exploitation of a child.
In Brister’s indictment, it is alleged that Brister “willfully, unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly entice, induce, persuade, seduce, solicit, advise, coerce” an individual believed to be 14 years old for “engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”
McKelphin is facing the same charge. However, he believed the victim to be 15 years old.
If found guilty, each could receive between five to 40 years in prison and be fined $50,000 to $500,000.
In conjunction with several non-governmental organizations, the Columbia Police Department operated the sting the weekend of Jan. 15 and 16.