MANATEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office concluded a week-long undercover sting operation, that resulted in the arrest of 25 subjects, including some from Lee County.
"Operation Green Shepherd III" started on Monday, February 10 and concluded on Monday, February 17.
Detectives went online in various undercover capacities and set up meetings with the defendants at an undercover residence in Manatee County. The defendants went to the residence, believing they were meeting up with a juvenile for sex.
The defendants were arrested on charges including 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.
Click here to watch video of the operation.