HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - Twenty-five suspected child predators were busted during a three-day sting in Harris County.
Investigators say they used the Internet and social media to solicit minors. Instead, they were communicating with officers who posed as underage kids between 11 and 15 years old.
The men were arrested last week after traveling to meet-up locations where they expected sex with a child, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
One of the suspects showed up with his 2-year-old son. Another was a security guard who pretended to be a Fort Bend County deputy. He had 25 condoms and alcohol, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Seven of the defendants were armed.
“This effort demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of law enforcement when it works together to crack down on child predators,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in the operation who helped identify and capture the predators before they could victimize children in Texas or elsewhere.”
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office High-Tech Crime Unit, Houston Police Department, Katy ISD Police Department, Deer Park Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, Waller County District Attorney’s Office, Webster Police Department, and Cypress Creek EMS worked together on the sting with the attorney general’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents to talk to their children about Internet safety, especially on social media, where the majority of child predators lurk for victims. For more information on cyber safety, please visit https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety.
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