UPDATE: 6/25/13. Some of these cases have gone to trial since I originally posted this. Some of the men were convicted; others acquitted. Since I don't have time to check into all 40 cases, I've removed the names and photos of all the men. Please see my reply to one of the uncle of one of the men who was arrested and acquitted: Update: Buying sex with children.
UPDATE: 7/2/13. Additional responses from undercover investigators: Buying sex with children--response from undercover investigators.
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This is Part 1 of a 2-part post.
Yesterday the Sheriff's Office of Osceola County, Florida, arrested 40 men for attempting to buy sex with children.
The arrests include a swim coach, a professional golfer on the Senior PGA Tour, an 8th-grade teacher, business professionals, 8 college students, and many others.
I just came from a meeting with one of the detectives involved in the sting and I'll report on that tomorrow. I'm still processing the mind-boggling information he shared.
Meanwhile, to the men buying children, here is our promise: If you buy children online, we will post your name online. And here you are--all 40 of you including your photos and occupations.
[Names and photos removed. Please see Update: Buying sex with children.]
Please check back here tomorrow when I'll post Part 2 -- a report on the meeting with one of the undercover investigators involved in the sting. Or subscribe to this blog by using the "Get email updates" button in the upper left.