10 men arrested in Pinellas online child sex sting

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Pinellas County, Fla.(WFLA) -10 Tampa Bay area men were arrested during an undercover sting targeting people who use the internet and social media to meet and have sex with kids.

Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies posed as children on websites, in chat rooms and on social media between June 11 and June 14, 2015. The detectives established a rapport with the suspects who then allegedly made arrangements to meet with minors to have sex.

Nine Pinellas County residents and one Hillsborough County resident were arrested during the undercover operation which was named “Operation Intercept”.

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