Five men were arrested during a sting in Guilford this weekend that was searching for potential sex offenders.
Between Friday and Sunday, the Guilford Police Department and the Veterans 4 Child Rescue Foundation conducted a regional/multi-jurisdictional joint/parallel sting known as "Not in my Town" initiative.
The focus of the sting was to arrest "potential sex offenders" after investigators had "arranged sexual liaisons" with fictional children. The fictional children reached out to the possible suspect through various social media applications over the internet.
"They came to a home with the understanding that they were going to meet a woman and her stepdaughter and the woman was providing this daughter for them. So this is some next level perversion," said Guilford Police Chief Jeffrey Hutchinson.
But there was never a woman or a teen.
"The reason we're doing this is multi-fold. Obviously, we want to raise awareness for parents, educators, anyone that's in contact with children to make sure they understand the dangers of the internet, parents need to understand what their children are doing," Hutchinson said.
Police arrested the following people and charged them with second-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual assault and criminal attempt to commit risk of injury:
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The sting was filmed as part of a documentary by the Veterans 4 Child Rescue Foundation. Police said the focus of the documentary to "raise awareness to the realities of child sexual exploitation and the importance of internet safety in keeping our children safe while online."
The Shoreline Technical Crimes Investigative Group and the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force along with officers from Branford, Clinton, Fairfield, Madison, Milford, North Haven and West Haven participated in the sting.
All five men were given a $500,000 bond.
The Guilford Police Department will host forums on the dangers our children face on the internet in the near. The dates and times for those events were to be announced. To learn more about internet safety, parents, educators, children and teens are encouraged to call the Guilford Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 203-453-8061.
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