Meridian Star

February 5, 2013

Another man arrested in computer luring case

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     As a result of an ongoing investigation, officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said Monday afternoon another man has been arrested on the charge of computer luring.

    LCSD Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said Michael Sanders, 52, of 1807 Apache Ridge Road in Meridian, was arrested Friday and charged Monday morning with the crime, which according to state statute involves the use of a computer to attempt to lure someone under the age of 18 into committing a sexual act.

    Sanders was placed on $10,000 bond Monday. If convicted, Sanders would have to register as a sex offender.

    On Jan. 29, Sheriff Billy Sollie announced the arrest of three men, Johnny Varnell Warren, 57, of 5811 I Street in Meridian, Kevin Donovan Winstead, 50, of 13460 Highway 492, in Union, and Clifton Donavan Kelly, of 18244 Montgomery Highway, Highland Home, Ala., in connection with computer luring. Each man was placed on $10,000 bond and have since posted bail and are out of jail.

    Calhoun said Sanders, just as in the previous instances, was arrested after showing up at an undisclosed location in which Sanders thought he was meeting with a minor.

    Sollie said at the time of the first arrests investigators posing as a minor monitored online activity, which allegedly included online communications of a sexual nature via a social network website. Calhoun confirmed Monday this ongoing investigation is what led to Sanders' arrest.

    Sanders' case will be presented to the next Lauderdale County grand jury session.