Authorities arrested 12 accused child predators from Tallahassee to Lake City as part of a weeklong investigation known as Operation Cupid’s Arrow.
Investigators said they found child sex predators in chat rooms, dating sites and social media networks using instant messaging, texting, and online classified ads.
The suspects came from all backgrounds, from blue-collar workers to attorneys, authorities said. All suspects believed they were speaking with children or parents of children under the age of 15, and all arranged to meet children for sex, investigators said.
Two of the men arrested are from Northeast Florida: Calvin McFarland, 21, from Jacksonville and Kyl Johnson, 26, from Lake City.
Several local agencies in Florida were part of the sting, including the sheriff’s offices for Columbia, Putnam and St. Johns counties. The Jacksonville Sheriff's office also took part in the operation.
“I am grateful for all the partnering agencies participating in this operation," Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said, "Removing these predators from our communities will go a long way in keeping our children safe.”
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