SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office recently wrapped up a weeklong sting dubbed Operation to Catch-a-Predator.
Working with Sacramento County Probation, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, undercover agents posed as 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls, chatting with men through online apps.
Arrests were made after suspects sent back explicit communication and tried to meet up with them at hotel rooms across Sacramento County.
“We were able to set up a decoy operation, ‘To Catch a Predator’-style, and arrest 18 folks for trying to engage in sexual activity with folks that they believed were underage girls,” said Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Operation Catch-a-Predator conducted last week by sheriff’s detectives, along with several other law enforcement agencies, arrested men ranging in age from 19 to 57.