Friday, December 2, 2022
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South Carolina Man Arrested, 13-Year-Old Cookeville Girl Rescued In Dark Web Investigation

A South Carolina man was arrested and a 13-year-old Cookeville girl has been kept from sexual exploitation following an investigation by TBI’s Cybercrime & Digital Evidence Unit.

TBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Squad began investigating a troubling advertisement on the dark web, depicting a 13-year-old girl being solicited for sexual activity. The ad caught the attention of 39-year-old David Vanelli of Anderson, South Carolina, who engaged in inappropriate conversation with the girl.

Agents located the girl and her family, took over the chat, and arranged for a meeting Tuesday night. Law enforcement arrested Vanelli with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and one count of Solicitation of Aggravated Statutory Rape.

Vanelli was booked into the Putnam County Jail on a $53,000 bond.