19 arrested in child predator sting

Published 03/31 2014 02:22PM

Updated 03/31 2014 02:28PM

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - 19 people have been arrested in a child predator sting in multiple local counties.

Of those arrested, one had direct contact with school children as a bus driver in Shawano County. All those facing charges are men.

The sting took place this past Thursday through Saturday, and involved 75 officers from seven local departments. Undercover officers responded to ads online, chatting with 1,000 people. They posed as minors and set up meetings.

This is the fourth operation of its kind since 2012. They are not seeing any decrease in activity. 

Investigators want this operation to serve as a warning not only to potential predators, but to parents as well.

More arrests could be coming in the days ahead. Officers are reviewing conversations and interactions with people to determine if they crossed any lines.

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