South Carolina detectives went undercover on the internet as young people from their state.
In South Carolina, an undercover operation led to the arrest of 11 males who were accused of contacting juveniles and arranging to meet for sexual activities via social media and apps. The alleged activity took place in South Carolina. Agents of law enforcement who pretended to be investigators were the ones who carried out the operation.
This information was revealed by the Sheriff of Lexington County, Jay Koon, during the press conference held on Monday to announce the arrests of 11 male suspects. According to Koon, deputies in Lexington County pretended to be youngsters while communicating with the suspects on various social media platforms. Koon said this was done on purpose. An analysis that was carried out by The State, a publication with headquarters in Columbia, identified the messaging apps Kik, Google Voice, Textnow, Skout, and Facebook Messenger as all having the potential to pose a risk to users.
Koon added in a statement that the suspect was arrested according to a pre-planned strategy when the suspect attempted to meet with “the child.” When one examines the text messages and visuals that were transmitted by these individuals, there is no room for speculation on the purpose behind their actions.
As a direct result of this, the sheriff made the following statement: “parents must know who their children are speaking with online since sexual predators are seeking opportunities to exploit them.” According to him, there were no children involved in this operation at any point, nor were any of them put in harm’s way.