- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Detectives from Polk and Lake counties say they have arrested 101 people over 11 days in a sex predator sting in which detectives posed as children between the ages of 12 and 14.

The Ledger of Lakeland (https://bit.ly/1EUHlpS) reports authorities announced the arrests at a press conference Tuesday. A spokesman says the operation was named “Operation: L and P” - for Lake and Polk counties - and lasted 10 days. There were two phases of the operation: cyber and prostitution.

Judd said detectives used a vacant house in Clermont and used chat forums to pose as a child, a parent of a child or an individual looking for prostitution.

Twenty-two suspects were arrested in the seven-day-long cyber phase. Another 79 suspects were arrested in the four-day-long prostitution phase.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com



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