Several people have been arrested after attempting to solicit minors for sex in Texas, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
The special operation conducted in Arlington reportedly netted eight arrests, according to police. Officers made contact with the suspects online, arranging to meet them under the guise that they would be meeting a minor for sex.
Instead, the arrestees found police officers waiting for them. Officials added in their announcement that ten others may be arrested, as the suspects did not show up to the meeting but did discuss meeting beforehand.
“The collaboration between Texas DPS, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and Arlington PD demonstrates our commitment to identifying and arresting these individuals who prey on our most vulnerable victims, our children,” said Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson.
“We will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies with these types of operations to send a clear message to the criminal element that we will not tolerate this type of behavior in our community.”