Published: May 14, 2012 8:38 PM EDT
Updated: May 14, 2012 11:39 PM EDT

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 31 people in a sting called Operation Intercept that was designed to protect Sarasota County’s children from online predators. Thirteen of those arrested are from Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

The suspects responded to Internet-based ads and engaged in sexually explicit written and verbal conversations, ultimately agreeing to come to a location in Sarasota County with the intent to have sex with a child or children. When the suspects arrived they were met by detectives and placed under arrest.

“Predators establish contact with kids through chat rooms, instant messaging and discussion boards,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “The anonymity of the Internet allows these criminals to seem like caring individuals, but they’re only looking for vulnerable victims. Parents, you have to be your child’s protector and monitor what they are doing online.”

The following local residents were arrested during this six-day operation:

Jayme Spencer, DOB 5/12/85, 178 Boundary Blvd., Apt. A, Rotunda West, a convicted sex offender, charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

Salvatore Schiano, DOB 10/12/83, 18350 Paulson Dr., #B1, Port Charlotte, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

Steven B. A. Smith, DOB 9/5/76, 8005 Elkenberry Ave., North Port (Sarasota County), is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

James Masso, DOB 3/23/73, 727 Meyer Drive, Naples, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

Steven Pohl, DOB 12/2/73, 148 SE 19th Lane, Cape Coral, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts; Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts; and Possession of Marijuana.

Lazaro Betancourt, DOB 9/9/81, 3719 24th Street SW, Lehigh Acres, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

James Madison, DOB 4/24/50, 503 Lowell Ave NW, Port Charlotte, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts. He was carrying a pistol with him.

Frank Aguis, DOB 5/17/87, 18629 Briggs Cir., Port Charlotte, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts; Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts; and Possession of Marijuana.

Christopher Robson, DOB 2/14/81, 3210 SE 4th Place, Cape Coral, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

James Gibbons, DOB 5/17/91, 3014 Santa Barbara, Cape Coral, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

Carlos Martinez, DOB 3/4/71, 402 Wilmington Pkwy., Cape Coral, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

Domingo Rivera, DOB 3/27/74, 1133 Gordon Ave., Lehigh Acres, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.

Matthew Weaver, DOB 11/13/90, 9811 Country Oaks Drive., Ft. Myers, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts; Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts; and Contributing to the Dependency of a Minor for bringing a 4-year-old child with him to the home.

Roger Delacy, DOB 3/8/88, 25046 Airport Road, Unit #3, Punta Gorda, is charged with Use of Computer to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Travel to Seduce, Solicit or Entice a Child to Commit Sex Acts.