Skip to comments.Jacksonville sheriff: Sting nets 17 men trying to have sex with children
Posted on 09/04/2018 3:11:41 PM PDT by markomalley
Sheriff Mike Williams announced Tuesday the arrests of 17 men accused of soliciting underage girls and boys to arrange to meet in Jacksonville for sex. Two more arrests are pending.
Williams said these men thought they were talking to 13- or 14-year-old girls or boys in chat rooms and other online forums. When they went to meet their victims, the men were met by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detectives.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office called it Operation DUVAL, standing for Disrupting Underage Virtual Abuse Locally. The teamed with nearly a dozen other law enforcement agencies in the trolling sting.
The men accused range in age from 19 to 67. Most of them lived in Jacksonville, but some traveled from out of state or Orlando thinking they were meeting a child for sex. they were meeting Some of them had no prior criminal histories. One was a convicted sexual offender.
One of the men, Edward Arthur Stanley, 60, is a victim advocate in North Carolina who was in Jacksonville for a Department of Defense victim advocate conference. Police said he tried to meet at a 14-year-old girl for sex.
"I think theres a drive in some of these people, as evil as it is, that they cannot control," Williams said.
The sheriff said this should serve as a reminder to all parents to warn their children about predators and monitor where they are going and who they are talking to online.
One of those arrested was a 30-year-old Navy lieutenant who was picked up by Clay County deputies last Thursday. Michael McNeil was accused of trying to meet 12-year-old deaf girl for sex.
Pedophiles are like Democrats.
They walk right into it.
Perverts gone wild!
Its illegal to have sex with underage kids:
Some people never learn.
How about shoots?
See most teaching jobs where you get to have sex with minors are held by women now.
Haven’t these guys seen the Chris Hansen catch a predator TV shows? This is exactly the scenario, where the guys are communicating online
They really believed they would get close to kids.
They need to be sterilized and locked up for life.
They should do this in D.C. They would certainly catch far more, but then they are just democrats doing what democrats do.
How many are ‘Rats?
Was their a catholic priest convention in Jacksonville?
Yep I noticed that too. The acronym DUVAL for this program is also referring to Duval County, where Jacksonville is located.
With or without a local anesthetic?
Which prominent Democrat/s is he connected to?
I'm stationed at NAS JAX and there was a lot on my Facebook feed about this guy.
He is so screwed.
He threw everything, and I mean everything, away. His freedom, his reputation, his career, his family. It's all over. He had a wife and small child. He's done. Let's see, first, he's going to prison. Next, dismissal and total loss of all veterans' benefits for him and his family. At 30, he's an unemployable sex offender with a punitive discharge from the military.
What a fool. He threw everything away because he wanted to f*** a 12-year old. A deaf 12-year old. Makes me sick how stupid people can be.
>Havent these guys seen the Chris Hansen catch a predator TV shows?<
And JSO runs these stings all the time! If they're not posing as minors on the hookup sites, they're peddling kiddie pics on the hookup sites. And every time they do it, AND THEY DO THIS ALL THE TIME, guys are lined up around the block! It's like shooting fish in a barrel!
I just don’t get it. How does someone think this child us legit. I mean come on in this day and age how do you not know?
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