Two Jackson men indicted for solicitation of minor

Michael Gant
Joshua Cole

Two Jackson men have been arrested and indicted in a targeted effort to identify individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.

The undercover operation was conducted by the TBI’s Human Trafficking Unit and the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit.

TBI spokesperson Keli McAlister says last October, a female TBI agent posed online as a 16-year-old girl and was solicited for commercial sex.

Even after identifying herself as a minor, the men still traveled to the designated location for the purpose of illicit sex.

Earlier this week, the Madison County Grand Jury returned indictments charging 35-year-old Michael Gant and 31-year-old Joshua Cole, both of Jackson, in connection with the operation.

Gant is charged with one count of Solicitation of a Minor. Cole is charged with two counts of Solicitation of a Minor.

McAlister says the investigation in ongoing with additional arrests possible.


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