Friday, April 5, 2013
An undercover operation involved an online social network chat site, where deputies say a 38-year-old suspect allegedly tried to solicit a user he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.
A 38-year-old registered sex offender faces multiple charges, after deputies allege he tried to solicit a minor for sex. Leon Washington was arrested Friday by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit and the Violent Crimes Task Force. Charges against Washington include: traveling to meet a minor and engage in sexual acts; use of a computer to solicit a minor to engage in sex acts, attempted lewd and lascivious battery. According to deputies, Washington initiated an online conversation with a user who he believed was a 14-year-old girl. In reality, he had contacted an undercover detective who was part of an operation known as "Green Shepherd." According to a press release, Washington communicated with the fictitious…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Detectives posed online as juveniles and set up meetings at an undercover residence as part of "Operation Green Shepherd II."
Thirty-five people have been arrested in a sting operation in which they believed they were meeting up with a child for a sexual encounter, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Monday. The week-long operation, dubbed "Operation Green Shepherd II," saw detectives going online to pose as juveniles and set up meetings at an undercover residence in Manatee. The operation wrapped midnight Monday (see accompanying video). The following people were arrested on charges including travel to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit a sexual act, use of computer to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit a sexual act and attempted lews and lascivious: The sheriff's office credited the following agencies with assisting in the investigation: the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The suspect allegedly went online to arrange to have sex with an 11-year-old child. The suspect did not realize he was communicating with an undercover detective.
A 31-year-old Manatee County man has been arrested after allgedly trying to arrange and carry out a sexual encounter with a child. Timothy Jasonis faces the following charges: Jasonis was arrested Thursday, after an uncover sex sting that targeted users of a social network site. According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Jasonis responded to an ad posted by an undercover detective posing as a mother looking for someone to "teach" her 11-year-old daughter about sex. According to investigators, Jasonis told the undercover detective that he would have sex with the 11-year-old and arranged a meeting to carry out the act. Jasonis arrived at the location and was arrested without incident.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Here is the list of suspects arrested in an underage sex sting.
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Monday, September 17, 2012
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested 43 men in Operation Green Shepherd, an online sting that was designed to catch people soliciting sex with children. The suspects are from several different Florida counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Collier, Charlotte, Lake, Sarasota and Manatee. One man was from Ohio but staying at a Lakewood Ranch home. The suspects were arrested at a Manatee County residence, where authorities said the suspects believed that they were meeting children to engage in sex. Instead they were met by authorities who placed them under arrest. Below is the county-by-county list of the men arrested so far. More arrests may follow:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A lieutenant commander of the U.S. Coast Guard JAG Miami unit was also arrested with 31 men in an online child predator sting operated by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
The owner of Gulf Gate’s King George Pub is among more than two dozen men facing child predator charges in a large sting operated by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Nick Barthram, 34, of 342 Mandez Drive, was charged with the use of computer to seduce, solicit or entice a child to commit sex acts and travel to seduce, solicit or entice a child to commit sex acts, said Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight at a Monday afternoon press conference that announced the results of a joint agency online child predator sting. This is the first-ever online child predator sting by the sheriff’s office, Knight said, and lasted six days. The sting included three Sarasota residents, four Bradenton residents and others from Longboat Key, Venice, North …