‘Evil predators:’ 12 arrested in Marion County child sex sting
OCALA, Fla. – Twelve “evil predators” were arrested in a Marion County child sex sting on suspicion of arranging to have sex with children, Sheriff Billy Woods said Monday at a news conference. Eight of the 12 men traveled to Marion County and were arrested, while the other four were arrested in Jacksonville, Hernando County, Gainesville and Massachusetts. “These eight men traveled to a location in Marion County to have sex with the child they thought they had been messaging online,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Now, to the would-be vile individuals (who) are doing this and are seeking children in Marion County. “I will always use all my resources to hunt these evil predators down and bring them to justice.”The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Ocala and Gainesville police and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office assisted in the sting, MCSO said.