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      Murrells Inlet man nabbed in sting

      Oneil B. Byrdic

      Friday State Attorney general announced the arrest of a local man in the following release:

      Attorney General Henry McMaster announced today that Oneil B. Byrdic, 47, of 2967 Newberry Trail in Murrells Inlet, was arrested on September 17, 2009, in an undercover Internet sting conducted by the Attorney General's Office.

      The Attorney General directs the state's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

      Byrdic was arrested on one (1) count of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor (16-15-342), a felony offense punishable to ten (10) years imprisonment, and (1) count of Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor (16-15-345), a felony offense punishable to ten (10) years imprisonment.

      Arrest warrants allege that beginning on June 2, 2009, Byrdic solicited sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a thirteen (13) year old girl. In reality, he was communicating with an undercover investigator for the Attorney General's Office.

      A search warrant was executed on Byrdic's residence, and a computer, modem, and web camera were seized. The Horry County Sheriff's Office and the City of Myrtle Beach Police Department (both members of the Task Force) assisted with the case.

      Byrdic was assigned a $40,000 bond. The judge further ordered that Internet service must be removed from Byrdic's residence prior to his release on bond. A booking photo is available through the Horry County Detention Center.

      This is the one hundred seventy-first (171st) arrest for the Task Force.

      The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

      McMaster stressed that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.