Ripley County man arrested in Franklin child solicitation sting operation

Johnson County detectives arrested a Ripley County man on child solicitation and prostitution charges Tuesday after a month-long investigation.

Ordis Daniel Gilbert Perry, 26, of Sunman, was arrested on felony charges of child solicitation and dissemination of harmful material to a minor, and a misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute, on Tuesday. Perry is incarcerated at the Johnson County jail on a $17,600 bond.

Detectives from both the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department first became aware of Perry in November after he allegedly participated in online conversations with a person that he thought was 14 years old, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office news release.

During the course of the investigation, Perry agreed to meet with the detective who was posing as a minor. The meeting took place on Tuesday in Franklin, and he was arrested thereafter, the news release says.

Formal charges have not yet been filed, and a probable cause affidavit with more information about the case is not yet available.

Perry was previously convicted of child molestation in July 2017 in Ripley County. He received a seven-year prison sentence, three years of which were suspended to probation. He was released on probation in November 2020 and was on probation still at the time of his arrest, according to online records.

He was also required to register as a sex offender, and has been listed as a “sexually violent predator” since November 2020, online records show.

Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess commended investigators from both the sheriff’s office and Franklin police for their continued work in these types of cases. The detectives are experts in these types of cases and are using the tools and education available to make the county safer for children, he said.

“We are non-stop with it,” Burgess said. “I can’t say enough about Franklin (police) and the sheriff’s office working together on these cases.”

Detectives are doing everything possible to investigate these types of cases. It’s important to be vigilant, he said.

“We have to be vigilant, and this is a priority of mine,” Burgess said. “(Franklin Police Chief Kirby) Cochran and I talk every day, and we just want to keep kids safe.”