Sting nets 21 arrests on charges of soliciting minors for sex St. Sheriff Mike Williams announced the results of Operation Watchdog, conducted with Northeast Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that spent five days last week posing as minors on social media and in chat rooms.
Williams said 18 men ages 21 to 61 and from as far north as Snellville, Georgia, to Silver Springs, Florida, were arrested after traveling to Jacksonville thinking they were going to meet an underage girl or boy for sex. Three more were arrested after additional investigation. Johns County school officials said he was hired in October after his background check came back clean.
The principal of Palencia Elementary sent a message to families of students at the school: As was reported this morning, Mr. Parmenter, one of our staff members has been arrested as a suspect in an online child sex sting. We were made aware of his potential involvement last week and worked in cooperation with the St.
We immediately took action as a district by suspending Mr. Parmenter with pay pending the outcome of our internal investigation which is standard procedure. The investigation by the lead agency, JSO, was ongoing last week and we were directed not to provide any information that would hinder their efforts in this operation. Parmenter has not been on campus since we were contacted by the SJSO.
I have made the request to the district office to have counselors on standby in the event that we need their assistance tomorrow. I appreciate your continued support and dedication as we work through this difficult situation. It's unimaginable," Ryan Lahey said. The man accused of traveling the farthest thinking he would meet a child for sex was Jerry Thomas, 52, who was already on probation on a sex crime conviction in Georgia.
The Clay County and St. Sheriff Mike Williams announcing 21 arrests in Operation Watchdog. Williams ended his announcement with a message directed at children and teenagers. Make sure your parents know when you are online and what you are doing.
Never give out any personal information to anyone in chat rooms or apps or on social media. Never send a picture to anyone over the internet.
Never meet with anyone you communicate with online, and tell your parents right away if you receive any inappropriate communications or see anything that makes you feel the least way uncomfortable.
Remember, people you meet online may not be who they say they are," Williams said. The sheriff also reminded parents that their involvement is key to child safety in every area and especially on the internet.