SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Police have announced the arrests of three people for allegedly soliciting a minor by computer to commit a sex act. All the arrests were made in the Walmart parking lot at 1299 N. Brightleaf Boulevard.
On August 20, 2022, Derek Puckett, age 32, from Holdenville, Oklahoma was arrested. Puckett is accused of attempting to meet a juvenile female for sexual purposes when he was located and arrested.
On September 14, 2022, David Cole Withrow, age 27, from Smithfield, NC was arrested by police outside Walmart. Withrow was attempting to meet a juvenile male for sexual purposes when he was located and arrested, police allege.
On October 3, 2022, Qua’Tae Da’Shawn McCullers, age 22, from Selma, NC was arrested after he arrived at the Walmart parking lot and was attempting to meet a juvenile male for sexual purposes, police claim.
All three suspects were charged with one count each of soliciting a minor by computer to commit a sex act. Puckett was given a $60,000 bond. Withrow and McCullers were given $30,000 bonds.
Police Lt. T.W. West said the investigation was ongoing and no further information could be released at this time.