- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - Deputies say dozens of people have been arrested in a child-sex sting in east Georgia.

Effingham County sheriff’s officials tell news outlets in a statement that 40 people, ranging in age from 17 to 57, were arrested this summer for trying to have sex with children.

Deputies lured the suspects Effingham and Chatham counties over the past 10 weeks by posing as underage children on the internet.

Officials say the suspects, who hail from Georgia and South Carolina, were arrested on child molestation and computer pornography charges. Some of their mugshots were released Tuesday.

Deputies say some of the suspects would try to meet the children and arrive at locations where they were arrested.

One of those arrested was former Portal Elementary Principal Paul Hudson.

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