19 Arrested in Cross-County Sexual Offender Sting Called "Operation Wrangler"
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - Cyberspace is a place where anything can happen - that's why the U.S. Marshals service and agencies in Alachua and Levy County worked together to arrest 19 who weren't following the rules online.
And they were all sexual offenders.
"Operation Wrangler" targeted sexual offenders and predators and their online violations.
Sex offenders must register their email addresses and instant message names and many of those targeted had failed to do that.
Art Forgey, Alachua County Sheriff's Office: "you never know who you are talking to online or getting emails from or in a chat room with."
The operation lasted for 90 days and many of those arrested remain in jail... some being held on bonds as high as 75 thousand dollars.
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