Eight Laredoans arrested for soliciting minors online
May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010
Eight Laredoans are facing charges tonight for soliciting minors online. The arrests came as part of a Sheriff's Department program designed to put a stop to online predators in our community. The undercover operation started back in October of 2009. Sheriff Martin Cuellar appointed a team of investigators to pose as minors on different chat sites on the web. According to reports, within minutes of logging on, officers were often solicited by predators. During the investigations, deputies were able to recover more than three thousand nude photos of children, bomb making materials, and a hit list of people to be killed, all from Laredoans. Eight people have been arrested in this cases. Three of them had other motives, one lives half a block from an elementary, the other one had in his possession materials to make a bomb and in his computer a hit list containing three names. The other one was employed at a public library and was soliciting minors on his work computer. Of the eight men who have been arrested and charged with online soliciting, five cases have gone to a grand jury and are awaiting prosecution. Cuellar says this should lead as an example to parents in our community to always know what your children are doing online at all times. The sheriff's office plans to train officers and expand the program so that more child sex predators can be taken off Laredo streets.