ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - An online child solicitation sting in Arlington nets eight arrests, with more to follow.
Arlington Police worked with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office and DPS in the two-day operation last week.
"We had detectives that were posing as children — 13, 14, 15, 16-year-old boys and girls — online, trying to see what type of criminal element there was out there that may want to meet up," says Arlington Police Lt. Christopher Cook.
Several arranged to meet up with who they thought was a child.
"In this particular two-day operation, we had eight suspects arrive that thought they were going to meet these children when in reality they were faced with meeting police officers," says Lt. Cook. "Each of the defendants in these cases were charged with felony online solicitation of a minor."
The suspects arrested include: Francesco Carreon, 60; Christopher Pintek, 46; Brian Watt, 36; Joshua Price, 33; Enrico Garcia, 25; Davion Carter, 24; Christian Weitmann, 24; and Michael Owonifari, 19.
Also, David Wilson, 38, was arrested on a pair of drug charges, unlawful carrying of a weapon and other misdemeanor warrants.
Police say Wilson drove Carter to the location and is not charged with online solicitation of a minor.
There will be more arrests to follow.
"We also are in the process of writing ten or so arrest warrants with the help of DPS and the sheriff's office on people that agreed to meet up with what they thought were minor children; however, they either failed to meet or maybe they passed by the location and saw police officers or police cars, and so they drove off," Lt. Cook says.
Cook says the results of the sting operation are both successful and alarming at the same time.
"It certainly shows that there are still people out there that will try to exploit (and) take advantage of our minor children," says Cook. "And that's why we're doing this."