Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents along with law enforcement partners with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) arrested 12 child predators from Tallahassee to Lake City as part of a weeklong investigation known as Operation Cupid’s Arrow.
Investigators found child sex predators in chat rooms, dating sites and social media networks using instant messaging, texting, and even online classified ads. Suspects came from all backgrounds from a college student to an attorney. Investigators went online posing as children. All suspects believed they were speaking with underage children.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was joined by agencies who are part of the North Florida ICAC Task Force including the Sheriff’s Offices of Columbia, Leon, Volusia, Marion, Jacksonville, Okaloosa, Putnam, Walton, Seminole, and St. Johns counties, and the Police Departments of Tallahassee, Gainesville, Cocoa, Orange Park, and Panama City, along with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshal’s Service, State Attorneys, 2nd and 3rd Judicial Circuits and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Northern and Middle District.
For information on how you can keep your family safe, visit www.secureflorida.org.