A three-month sting in Guilford County targeting sexual predators in Internet chat rooms has resulted in the arrests of ten men.
Twenty-six others are being sought by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff B-J Barnes says the 36 men sent sexually explicit materials by e-mail to deputies who were posing as 14- and 15-year-old girls. He says the law officers did not initiate the chats.
The arrests were made when the men tried to meet the decoy deputies in person to have sex. Four of those men are from Guilford County, while the other six are from elsewhere in North Carolina.
They were charged with solicitation of a child by computer for purposes of unlawful sex acts.
The other suspects face charges of attempting to disseminate harmful materials to a minor and exhibiting harmful performances to minors.