FORT MYERS, Fla.- One by one they knock at the door and get taken down. These are some of the men arrested this week during a major undercover bust.
"It is amazing, amazing, the amount of people out there that are predators," said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott.
In this case, 25 suspected predators. They allegedly chatted with undercover officers online thinking they were children. The men agreed to meet up at this house that's rigged with hidden cameras. That's when they got swarmed by cops. Lee County was one of the agencies involved. Sheriff Mike Scott tells WINK News takedowns like this can stop other predators from going after kids.
"People are gonna think twice when they see the heat on them. And these bad guys are watching TV and they're saying gee whiz, this isnt working real well."
Duane Dobbert is a professor at FGCU who has spent the last four decades working in criminal justice. He said parents need to pay more attention to what their children are doing online.
"It's important to watch our children, but it's more important to see who's watching our children," said Dobbert.
That means having full control over the computer and removing digital devices from your child's bedroom.
"You may have your own PC or laptop but I will access it. I will look at it. I want you to know I'm going to be on it as much as you are and I'm gonna see who you're talking to," said Dobbert. "Parents don't want to be the bad guys but we need to be the bad guys, or we lose our children."
WINK News did some digging and none of the suspects arrested in that bust are from Lee, Collier, or Charlotte Counties. Sheriff Scott said his agency was involved because this operation was so extensive.