The Lake County Sheriff’s Office arrested 10 men last week following a recent undercover cyber operation dubbed “Treasure Florida’s Kids.”
Detectives said during the week-long operation, they posed online as a teenager or a child’s caregiver to target those looking online for sex with children.
Eight of the men reportedly traveled to the Golden Triangle area. Authorities said it includes Eustis, Tavares and Mt. Dora.
Two other men were arrested at their homes after detectives allege they sent explicit pictures.
Authorities claim some of the men brought items with them, like blankets, pillows, beer and money.
Ten other law enforcement agencies participated in the sex sting, including Osceola, Seminole, Polk and the Citrus Sheriff’s Offices.
Internet sex stings are nothing new. In fact, these are a common occurrence with police departments across the state of Florida as well as throughout the United States. Police stage these stings and use all kinds of tactics to get normally law abiding citizens to agree to their requests so they can arrest them. In fact, police will bend the rules in order to make an arrest in these undercover schemes. Many of the men arrested for allegedly seeking to have sex with a child were not trying to meet children online. Rather, they were looking for other adults when detectives started to persuade them to break the law.
The bottom line is that many of these sex stings make for better press conferences and news stories than crime fighting. Most undercover child sex sting operations blur legal and ethical lines. Our Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton understand how these operations work and can help you figure out how to handle the charges against you.
Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.