A South Carolina deputy caught on in the service of their own undercover child sex sting operation, sheriff says

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A South Carolina sheriff says he is “sick to his stomach” after one of his own deputies, was busted — by the department in an undercover child sex sting operation.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Tuesday announced that the Prison Vandenham, 34, was working on this game, in my car, in my uniform,” just last week, when he was taken into custody as part of Operation Relentless Guardian. Vandenham, “the communication in order to have sex with a 15-year-old,” Lott said, ” and he came into the house, where the officers were waiting to arrest him. He has since been fired.

“It was something that made me sick to my stomach to know that one of my representatives, which I am familiar, and which we here, in this community, it was one of those monsters,” Lott added.

Deputy Derek Vandenham, was arrested last week in an undercover child sex sting operation, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. He has since been fired.
(Richland County Sheriff’s Department)

The sheriff said that the officers of the department, and a host of others, who are posing as minors — are communicated with the suspects through Internet chat rooms, and web sites. She was in a place where they were directing people to visit, but have moved to a different address, in order for you to make sure that Vandenham would not take off, Lott said.


“I’m frustrated a couple of times in my career as a sheriff in the enforcement of the law, and this is likely to be one of the most frustrating occasions, and I think I may have been one of the most disgusting things that I have to deal with a deputy do something like this,” the sheriff told reporters.

Vandenham has been charged with second-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and at the request of a minor, according to The State newspaper. She added that his bond was set at $10,000.

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