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25 arrested in Manatee County in undercover sex sting

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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested 25 people caught allegedly attempting to meet up with a juvenile for a sexual encounter.

Deputies arrested the suspects on Monday, February 17 following a week-long undercover sting operation called Green Shepherd III in which detectives went online in various undercover capacities to set up meetings with the defendants at an undercover residence in Manatee County.

The defendants went to the home believing they were meeting up with a juvenile for sex.

All were arrested on charges of Travel to Seduce/Solicit/Entice a Child to Commit Sexual Act, Use of a Computer to Seduce/Solicit/Entice a Child to Commit Sexual Act and Attempted Lewd and Lascivious.

FDLE, Bradenton, Sarasota, North Port and St. Petersburg Police Departments, along with Sarasota, Polk, Lee, Seminole and Lake County Sheriff's Offices assisted in the investigation.

VIEW: Video of Operation Green Shepherd II

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