Fourteen men arrested at Plant City home after promise of sex with minor
Underage sex sting "most successful in years"
7:19 PM, Jan 28, 2013
1:45 AM, Jan 29, 2013
PLANT CITY, Fla. - An underage sex sting lead to the arrests of 14 men this weekend -- many of them from the bay area.
The men thought they were going to a Plant City home to have sex with a minor, but they were wrong.
"It's absolutely amazing the amount of people you get that respond to a 13-year-old's chat for sex," said Captain Jerry Stwan, with the Plant City Police Department.
With the help from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, the Plant City PD held a three-day underage sex sting operation.
Undercover officers, pretending to be 13- or 14-year-old boys and girls, posted ads on various websites and chat rooms.
"It's strictly to protect our children from internet predators," he said.
Before long, the men started knocking.
There was a bank manager from Tampa, a Walmart cart pusher from New Port Richey, and even the founder of a production company in Massachusetts.
That man brought along a camera, most of the others had condoms, and one even brought a sex toy.
Fourteen arrests in less than three days is one of the most successful sting operations in recent years for the Plant City Police Department.
"I think the message is clear. The Plant City Police Department protects their citizens, specifically the children," said Capt. Stwan. "Children are the ones that need the protection."
Police say most of the men they arrested confessed to what they did. Stwan says it's likely because they already sent nude pictures of themselves along with sexually explicit messages.
"To me it's just disgusting," said Amanada Rodriguez, a mother of three who lives in Plant City. "I am happy that they did what they had to do to get these disgusting people off the streets and to protect my kids and myself."