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Posted: August 10, 2016

Fifteen people arrested in undercover child sex sting in Jacksonville

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            Fifteen people arrested in undercover child sex sting in Jacksonville
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By Brittney Donovan

News | WFOX

Fifteen people were arrested in an undercover child sex sting in Jacksonville, including a man who left a 6-year-old child unsupervised to meet up with who he thought was a minor for sex.

Officers said 11 people were arrested after phase one of Operation Blue Hawk.


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The suspects solicited sex from officers who were posing as children, ages 12-14, online.

The suspects came to a location in Jacksonville and were arrested by officers.

One man traveled from Ocala to meet with who he thought was a child.

In the second phase of the operation, five suspects from outside Jacksonville were identified. Four have been arrested, including one person from Nassau County and another suspect from St. Augustine.

All of the suspects were between 25 and 45 years old.

Charges include use of computer to solicit sex acts from child, traveling to meet a child after solicitation and unlawful use of two-way communication device.

One person is also charged with child pornography after he showed up to the meeting place with child porn on a device.

Several agencies assisted in the investigation into child sex crimes.

It was initiated by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

JSO said more arrests are expected as a result of the investigation.


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