Operation Green Shepherd 3

Published at 2:31 p.m. on February 18, 2014 | Modified at 2:32 p.m. on February 18, 2014

www.manateesheriff.com TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014 RE: OPERATION GREEN SHEPHERD III SHERIFF W. BRAD STEUBE REPORTS: The Sheriff's Office has concluded a week long undercover sting operation which resulted in the arrest of 25 subjects. Operation Green Shepherd III started on Monday, February 10 and concluded on Monday, February 17. Detectives went on line in various undercover capacities and subsequently set up meetings with the defendants at an undercover residence in Manatee County. The defendants went to the residence believing they were meeting up with a juvenile for a sexual encounter. The defendants were arrested on charges including Travel to Seduce/Solicit/Entice a Child to Commit Sexual Act, Use of a Computer to Seduce/ Solicit/Entice a Child to Commit Sexual Act and Attempted Lewd and Lascivious. The following agencies assisted in this operation: FDLE, Bradenton, Sarasota, North Port and St. Petersburg Police Departments and the Sarasota, Polk, Lee, Seminole and Lake County Sheriff's Offices.

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