A Broken Arrow man has been arrested in connection to Operation Intercept VII, which focused on protecting Sarasota County children from online predators and human trafficking, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
Deputies say that 28-year-old John Inga from Broken Arrow is charged with Use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit a Sex Act, Travelling to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Attempted Lewd or Lascivious Battery.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23 people during the four-day initiative.
Suspects ranging in age from 21 to 77 responded to Internet-based ads, online apps and social media sites to engage in sexually explicit written and verbal conversations, deputies say.
Deputies say Inga was visiting Florida and drove from Lakeland to Sarasota to meet a 14-year-old child.
“I wish I could say these operations were no longer needed but time and time again, even after we make dozens of arrests, these men keep coming back for more,” commented Sheriff Knight. "In this digital world we live in, innocent children are far too accessible to predators. That is why, as parents, we have to get serious about prevention. Parents are the first line of defense and we will never stop reminding our community of that.”
Deputies say, ultimately, all 23 arrestees traveled with the intent of having sex with a male or female child.
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