TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A child predator sting in New Jersey resulted in a dozen arrests.
Prosecutors say the 12 defendants used social media and chat apps to arrange for sex with underage girls and boys, but instead, they communicated with undercover officers.READ MORE: Delta Variant Intensifies Urgency To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Health Experts Say
“Operation Spotlight” was conducted by the Somerset County prosecutor’s office working with the FBI.
Investigators say they are constantly looking at online threats, especially during the pandemic.READ MORE: 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Returns In Front Of A Live Audience Monday Night
“In particular because of, you know, the isolation of our children during this pandemic, sitting at home, you know, on their iPhones, on their iPads,” said Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. “We’re gonna continue, this is just the beginning, so if you’re out there doing this stuff, we’re going to find you, we’re going to catch you and we’re going to put you in jail.”
The defendants face several charges, including promoting prostitution of a child and attempted sexual assault of a minor.
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