View Full Version : 40 arrested in internet child sex Operation

Ed Jewett
01-18-2012, 03:18 AM
40 arrested in internet child sex OperationUpdated: Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012, 1:44 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012, 12:37 PM EST

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Following a week long undercover operation, 40 people, including a head swim coach, a professional golfer on the Senior PGA Tour, an eighth grade teacher, business professionals and consultants and eight college students, have been arrested and charged with soliciting sex from a child via the Internet and other sex and drug related crimes.
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Led by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Operation Red Cheeks was conducted January 8-16, 2012, in conjunction with detectives, officers and special agents of the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement worked with Citrus, Lake, Orange, Sumter, Polk, Hardee and Manatee County Sheriff's Offices and Ocoee, Kissimmee, Sanford, Orlando, Longwood and Casselberry Police Departments. During the operation, undercover detectives from the agencies listed, posed as juveniles or the parent or guardian of a juvenile to talk with individuals in chat rooms and instant messaging programs on the Internet. Suspects would travel to an undercover house or secondary meeting location located in Osceola County with the purpose of having sex with a child. During the chats, some of the suspects sent pornographic images to the undercover detectives and they also brought alcohol, drugs and other items to the meeting. One suspect traveled from Georgia and another was on vacation from Alaska, but most were from cities in Florida. All the suspects were arrested in Osceola County.
The following were arrested:

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