The 21 men were rounded up in a five-day multiagency sting. They were arrested after agents posed as young teens on the Internet and agreed to meet the men for sex. Each of the 11 agents had a total of between and contacts on social media sites, like Craigslist.
That's 2, people in five days who were interested in talking about sex with someone underage online. Of those 2, around 90 offenders showed interest in actually meeting the children in person. Of those, 21 actually traveled with the intention of meeting for sex.
One man drove almost an hour and a half to meet with someone he thought was. Instead, he and the other 20 men were met with an arrest team of law enforcement officers. GPD released video of some of the takedowns, including one of year-old Eric Frye, who was surprised when detectives rushed out to arrest him.
Many offenders brought condoms and other sexual paraphernalia to the meetings, according to GPD spokesman Ben Tobias. Investigators said the arrests should be a warning to parents everywhere to keep a close eye on what their children are doing online.
Of those arrested, one had a prior lewd and lascivious molestation conviction, one was on federal probation for a weapons charge, and one had a bat, rubber gloves, rope and a tarp in his car when he went to meet the .
Investigators said all 21 men are facing state charges right now, but some could face federal charges. Investigators pointed out that criminals are getting much smarter with these types of crimes, saying it takes much longer than in the past to make an arrest.
They also said the man with the bat and other items in his car actually stalked agents for about two hours before they made their arrest. Copyright by News4Jax. All rights reserved.
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