15 arrested in online sex sting

Matthew A. Dennison, one of the suspects arrested during the operation. Image PCSO

PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Undercover deputies arrested 15 men during an operation that sought out suspects who tried to solicit minors online, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report.

The “Operation Wayfarer” lasted five days. During the operation, Pinellas investigators posed as minors online on different websites, chatrooms and social media. They worked to establish online relationships with men who were looking to meet up with minors for the purposes of sexual activity.

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Pinellas detectives said, that the suspects explicitly sought out minors for sex in their online communications.

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The operation nabbed 15 arrests. All the suspects range in age from 20 to 47 years old and they were arrested on various charges like traveling to meet a minor and online solicitation of a minor. According to PCSO, one suspect even told the detectives that he drove three and a half hours from Lake Worth to meet with a 13-year-old girl. Another man arrested said he was a nurse at a local hospital.

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