Polk County

16 men arrested in Polk Co. child sex sting

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - 16 men were arrested in a Polk County Sheriff's Office sting that targeted people who travel to have sex with kids. 

Beginning on Sunday, March 25, through Saturday, March 31, 2018, Polk County Sheriff's detectives, along with detectives and investigators from other law enforcement agencies, conducted a week-long undercover joint investigation targeting online child predators.

Sixteen men were arrested. Two other men were recently arrested, or had charges added, related to child pornography.

"These predators are out there trying to violate our children. Last week we again posed as children online and arrested 15 predators. This is despite numerous warnings and publicity about our stings--we still catch predators. I am disgusted by their brazenness and callous indifference to the importance of protecting children. I ask parents to please be involved with their children and monitor their online activity. We cannot prevent predators from reaching out to our children, but we can educate our children and be proactive in catching a predator before they start to groom or violate our kids. Fortunately, we've prevented at least 15 of them from doing so," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The 16 suspects face a total of 62 charges (56 felonies and 6 misdemeanors) which include: 
Attempted Lewd Battery, Use of Computer to Seduce a Child, Transmission of Harmful Material to Minor, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Use of a Two-Way Communication Device to Commit a Felony, Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia, Uninformed HIV infected sexual intercourse, Misrepresentation of Age Online, Resisting Arrest, and VOP. More charges are pending further investigation of these suspects' phones, computers, etc.

 

 


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