Authorities: 101 arrested in 11 days in sex predator sting

Author: Associated Press
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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 ( 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.

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